Anderson Cooper Confronts Florida Attorney General on Gay Rights

Anderson Cooper Florida Attorney General
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CNN’s Anderson Cooper spoke on behalf of the gay and lesbian community when he grilled Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi over her recent statements about the scene, in which she said “anyone who attacks our LGBTQ community will be gone after with the full extent of the law” after this past weekend’s mass shooting at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub. Cooper pointed out that these statements seemed to contradict what she’s said about the gay community in the past, including that gay marriage “will induce public harm” to the people of Florida.

“Do you really think you’re a champion of the gay community?” asked Cooper, who is openly gay himself.

“I was sworn to uphold the Constitution of the state of Florida — that’s not a law that was voted into our state Constitution by our voters in Florida. That’s what I was defending,” said Bondi, adding that she’s never said she doesn’t like gay people.


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Cooper continued to drill her about her comments, arguing that people might receive a negative message from her past statements in court and that gay and lesbian people have not felt respected by the attorney general. Bondi stuck by her statements of defending the state Constitution, adding that if a 12-year-old could get access to medical marijuana because of her state Constitution, she would defend that as well because that’s “her job.”

“Had there been no gay marriage, same-sex marriage, you do realize that there would be no spouses, that boyfriends and girlfriends of the dead would not be able to get information and would not be able to visit in the hospital? Isn’t there a sick irony in that?” said Cooper. “That you for years were fighting that idea?”

“Isn’t it hypocritical to portray yourself as a champion of the gay community?” he continued.

Bondi defended her position and said she is championing all Floridians. Unconvinced, Cooper read her Twitter history for the full year and noticed that she never mentioned Gay Pride Month, although she recently added rainbow hands to her website after the tragedy.

“Moving forward, do you see yourself as being a vocal champion for gay and lesbian citizens in this state?” he pressed.

“They are citizens just like anyone else,” said Bondi. “We’ve had 49 people murdered simply because they were at a bar at the wrong time.”

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  1. Charles says:

    Agenda over professionalism. Hope he does a better job raising his puppy.

  2. S. Solomon says:

    For the last two days I heard nothing but Republicans and some media blaming “radical Islam” and questioning President Obama’s role, while denying easy access to assault weapons had anything to do with it.

    For the last two days I heard Republicans express sympathy and prayers while denying the victims an acknowledgement that they came from the LGBT community and were targeted for being part of the LGBT community. A second hate crime was committed. And then Republicans wash their hands of any responsibility, seeing no connection between their decades long attacks on LGBT people including the recent introduction of over 200 anti-gay laws.

    Turns out he wasn’t a “radical” anything. He was just a guy born in NYC and living in Orlando who had a corrupted belief system. Someone with hidden ties to gay men and outspoken homophobia. Someone filled with anger and self-hate because he didn’t like who he was on the inside, and no matter what he did, he couldn’t change that feeling of being trapped. Somebody told him when he was a child that what he felt inside was sick, so he learned to hide it. A disturbed young man filled with anger and self-hate put their by religion and Republicans, and in turn he blamed what he wanted to be a part of, but couldn’t be a part of. And then he snapped.

    Sadly, this type of gay bashing is not new to our community. It’s done everyday by religious leaders and Republicans. It often ends with suicide, sometimes murder. This weekend it was mass murder. It’s about time someone in the media called out a Republican for their part in these deaths. Thank you Anderson Cooper.

    • Xuxa says:

      Actually yes, he was a radical. You so called progressives have a tough choice to make. Protect gay rights or pretend Islam isn’t actively attacking and killing homosexuals.

    • KWK says:

      Powerfully and succinctly written. Thank you.

  3. Stanley says:

    So because he is a homosexual, Cooper forgot to be a true journalist and wanted to throw a hissy fit…. and failed.

    • Marie says:

      Doesn’t look like a fail to me.

      • Gay is right. Hand on the bible obeying the constitution does nothing. God’s ,law is in the Homosexual. If she is aganst making the homosexual happy refusing them the right to have a ceremony that makes them happy is not loving them making ISIS people happy. God’s law in the gay infused into all would do away with the many laws that that lady endorses.

      • James says:

        It is a fail. He is supposed to be an unbiased journalist, but because he is a homosexual, he comes off as a tool in this segment.

  4. Mitchem says:

    Cooper embarrassed himself and his “community”

  5. BillUSA says:

    Cooper (forgetting that he’s there in the role of journalist; not activist) is trying to make an issue out of nothing by way of “connect-the-dots-using-your-own-sequencing” because Lord knows his network wouldn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to drive home another homosexual message. Pathetic.

    • malevolentmuse says:

      Why is at always people with the words “America,” “US,” and “USA” who always feel the need to blast other groups of people so much? What does that say about this country?

      • H.M.L. says:

        I’ve long said the same thing muse. Good ol’ swill er, Bill is Archie Bunker redux. The fits he must have not having the U.S. resemble the Eisenhower years anymore. Or maybe he’s more Peter Boyle as “Joe”. Nonetheless, he’s a dinosaur braying as it sinks into the tar pits slowly but surely.

    • KenCANADA says:

      She’s a typical hypocrite. He was just calling her out on it. Sounds like news to me.

  6. Alex says:

    He should go to the middle east and talk like that.

    • Alex says:

      Also, does Andy know the killer was a gay Democrat?

      • He was a poser. People need to ask specific questions to find out who is who. Like what is blpasphamy6 to you? Report whoever to the police had they say anything islamic. Report them had they act like they did not know. .Blasphamy is only against the Holy that guilds people into all truth.

  7. Sum Ting Wong says:

    Lil Andy Pooper going full drama queen. What a dick.

  8. Sam Valley says:

    Muslim terrorist slaughters 50 gay Americans.
    Gay reporter Anderson Cooper uses incident to denounce any opposition to gay marriage from Republicans

  9. Loveless people harm people. Why is love hated?

    • James says:

      Unnatural lust is NOT love.

      • Ray6166 says:

        All of you nitwits spouting off on here because of some convoluted text in a centuries old book that has been revised to serve its times need to get your heads out of the clouds and out of yours @sses and realize you are living in the 21st century.

      • Gays have God’s law in them. God’s law was in Noah and lot. God should have not eliminated the pre flood people and the Sodom and Gomorrah people who are like the Muslims allowing them to kill off peacful minded godly people? ISIS, Muslims obeying the Quran are like the people God eliminated. How am I bad wanting them eliminated keeping the homosexual safe? Eliminated is a last resort. I want people to repent. They will love the people I defend. God is love. People will love the people I defend when God is in them. God will say it is finished at an unknown time. No one will be able to repent at that time.

      • H.M.L. says:

        Thanks for alerting us to your proclivities James. Hope you can beat (off) that lust.

      • You want people that are like pre flood people to kill off people who are peacful obeying God’s laws that are peacful? You would like that? You want people who don’ t have Jesus ruling over them mowing down people who have heaven in them until there is no one left alive that keeps love works no ill to their neighbour? That would make you happy?

      • James says:

        This post “They you condone violence against those who don’t agree with you? Isn’t that what the Muslim killer of homosexuals believed as well? Apparently, you are no better, hater.” is for the nutjob below, Jonathan Hughes

      • James says:

        They you condone violence against those who don’t agree with you? Isn’t that what the Muslim killer of homosexuals believed as well? Apparently, you are no better, hater.

      • You need to be knocked across the room. I am tired of people like you. It is none of your business what sex a person does. Concentrate on the sex you want to do. Is that fair?

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