"I don't think a person who acknowledges that they have gay tendencies is disqualified per se for the job,” Sessions tells Mark Halperin on Morning Joe.
That doesn't really answer the question of whether he thinks somebody who is openly gay, as opposed to struggling with those "tendencies," is qualified, though I think he meant to indicate he wouldn't pick that ground to fight on.
Focus on the Family later echoed Session's sentiment. Money quote:
I am sure we could name the "ground[s] to fight on," but I am glad that this at least isn't an issue.
We agree with Senator Sessions,” Bruce Hausknecht, a spokesperson for Focus on the Family, which was founded by top religious right figure James Dobson, told me a few minutes ago. “The issue is not their sexual orientation. It’s whether they are a good judge or not.”
Their sexual orientation “should never come up,” he continued. “It’s not even pertinent to the equation.”
Of note, speculation swirls around the possibilities of Kathleen Sullivan and Pam Karlan, both openly gay, as front-runners for the nomination.