In 2010, when Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) ran for office she was committed to fighting against allowing people who are homosexual to adopt children and gay marriage. Since becoming attorney general she never hesitates to jump to the defense of the state’s gay marriage ban. Following the horrifying attack at a gay nightclub this past Sunday that left 49 dead and 54 fighting for their lives in Orlando, she announced that “Anyone who attacks our LGBT community, anyone who attacks anyone in our state, will be gone after to the fullest extent of the law.” She failed to notice the contradiction in her convictions.
Tuesday Anderson Cooper took the opportunity to call out Bondi for her blatant hypocrisy. Cooper wasted no time pointing out the contradiction between her statement after the mass shooting and her anti-LGBT stance on defending the states marriage ban, when Bondi went so far as to say in an official court brief that recognizing another state’s same-sex marriage would “impose significant public harm” to the state of Florida.
Cooper asked her:
‘Do you really think you’re a champion of the gay community?’
‘Let me tell, when I was sworn in as attorney general I put my hand on a Bible and was sworn to uphold the constitution of the state of Florida. That’s not a law. That was voted into our state constitution by the voters of Florida. That’s what I was defending. It had nothing to do with… I’ve never said that I don’t like gay people. That’s ridiculous.’
‘But do you worry about using language accusing gay people of trying to do harm to the people of Florida when… doesn’t that send a message to some people who might have bad ideas in mind?’
Anderson Cooper went on to point out that if the marriage inequality amendment in Florida hadn’t been eventually stricken from the state’s constitution “had there been no gay marriage you do realize 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 probably even visit them in the hospital. Isn’t there a sick irony that you, for years, were fighting that very idea?”
Bondi tried to keep staying that she was simply defending the state constitution but Cooper would have none of it and called her out, clearly and eloquently.
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