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Sessions: Same-sex marriage is 'settled law

Attorney General-designate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

During his confirmation hearing Tuesday morning, Attorney General-designate Sen. Jeff Sessions took on questions from fellow Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) involving the issue of same-sex marriage.

Feinstein asked Sessions, "On Nov. 14, 2016, appearing on the TV show '60 minutes,' the president-elect said that the issue of same-sex marriage is 'already settled, it's law — it was settled in the Supreme Court, it's done, and I'm fine with that.' Do you agree that the issue of same-sex marriage is settled law?"

"Supreme Court has ruled on that, the dissents dissented vigorously, but it was 5-4 and five justices on the Supreme Court, the majority of the court, has established the definition of marriage for the entire United States of America, and I will follow that decision," Sessions responded.

Sessions has previously been an outspoken opponent of the Supreme Court's 2015 decision to legalize gay marriage, calling it an "effort to secularize, by force and intimidation." He has also voted in the past against expanding hate crime legislation to include sexual orientation.

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