Merriam-Webster dictionary has changed “sexual preference” to be an “offensive” term — after Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was accused of being “anti-LGBTQ” for saying it.
Barrett was attacked Tuesday by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who claimed the respected judge deliberately used the term during her confirmation hearing. . .
By that night, under its general listing for “preference,” Merriam-Webster had added an “offensive” warning before the part listing “sexual preference.”
“The term preference as used to refer to sexual orientation is widely considered offensive in its implied suggestion that a person can choose who they are sexually or romantically attracted to,” the dictionary added in extra guidance on usage.
The dictionary confirmed the change was made because of the Senate hearing spat. (Read more from “Merriam-Webster Lists ‘Sexual Preference’ as ‘Offensive’ after Amy Coney Barrett Spat” HERE)