Bigot of the Week Award: March 29, Paul Clement and Charles Cooper

29 Mar
Bigots of the Week

Bigots of the Week

As the country focused its attention on the Supreme Court and its two hearings on marriage equality this week, two men stood before the Court and easily walked away with Bigot of the Week Award. Attorneys Paul Clement and Charles Cooper go down in legal history for trying to argue that justice is served through discrimination, bigotry, and denying basic rights to a whole group of citizens–what a legacy to leave.

On a constitutional level, the cases are simple and clear. The Proposition 8 case, argued by Cooper, is an attempt to defend California’s notorious measure banning marriage equality for LGBT citizens. The DOMA case, argued by Clement on behalf of the Republicans in the U.S. House, tries to defend blocking over 1100 rights and privileges to already married citizens just because they are same-sex couples. Both cases are based on bigotry and nothing more. How tragic that these two straight white men could stand up and defend this blatant discrimination without shame.  Of course, I always wonder about people how are so focused on gay folk and consume so much energy on LGBT issues–what a very large closet to accommodate these people.

We won’t know for a couple of months exactly how the justices will rule on these cases. What we do know is that the arguments used by Clement and Cooper were old, tired, and transparently vile. Even the justices who seemed reluctant to move toward full national equality were skeptical of the shallow canards put forth by these hypocritical bigots. They used procreation, history, and (believe it or not) a level playing field as arguments to prop up their sad hate. What they could not do, when pressed, is say why any of their arguments served a state interest or showed why discrimination was merited.

One way or another, with or without the Court, the tide is turning. Public opinion is solidly on the side of equality, shifting over 20 points in just a decade. Over 80% of people under 30 support equality. These tired old white guys can trot out their hate all they like. All they’ll win in the long run is this week’s BWA, which they richly deserve.

Finally, I’m also exceedingly tired of hearing the phrase, “Gay Marriage!”  Might I please encourage folks to use Marriage Equality.  I don’t have a “Gay Marriage,” just as I don’t leave my job and get in my Gay car and go to my Gay house and then fix my Gay dinner.  I just have a marriage–you know, when two people love each other and decide to grow old with each other.

Dishonorable mention comes thanks to my friend Jennifer Carey. Rep. Don Young (R – AK) was waxing nostalgic about agriculture when he uttered the following gem:

My father used to own a ranch. We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes, you know. It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.

All I can say to this horrible bigot is that he’s lucky Clement and Cooper were around to steal his award…

10 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: March 29, Paul Clement and Charles Cooper”

  1. Shawn Morgan March 29, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Thanks for the great blog (as always!). Just wanted to leave a quick “gay response”🙂

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 29, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      Gay Shawn, thank you for your gay comment!🙂 I hope you and Todd have a lovely gay day!

  2. Rich McIntyre March 29, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Hi Michael, it has been a while since we have chatted and I hope you are doing well. I agree the term Marriage Equality is the proper description. I will say though I have had a “gay marriage” for years and years since Sharon and I are very happily married lol.

    There is one point though that I would like to make. Please do not say that this issue is being argued on behalf of Republicans because as a Republican I can assure you it is not being argued on my behalf. Just Google the term “Democrats against same sex marriage” and you will find a number who either still outright oppose the idea or who are jumping ship like rats to avoid the political fallout.

    Here are a few quick tidbits DOMA was signed by a Democratic President. Our current President ran his first campaign opposed to the idea and in my cynical opinion tossed old Uncle Joe out to support the idea in 2010 first before he announced that his opinion had “evolved”. This one will kill you but Dick Chaney announced his support quite a while ago and at last check he ain’t no Democrat!!

    My last point is always a favorite of mine with my sister and it is that the Civil Rights amendment passed only because of Republican support. There were a bunch of Southern Democrats who were vocal dissenters and would have killed the legislation.

    Since I can identify a number of democrats that still do not support equality and the fact that DOMA was signed by a Democratic President, who by the way should be your poster boy for misogyny, could I say it is a Democratic problem?? I know what was said during the Republican convention but ask that question today and more than half of the party support marriage equality, they just needed time to “evolve”. After all I don’t hate Democrats because at their convention they were opposed to God🙂

    Please don’t paint people with a broad brush. We may disagree on a number of political issues but fairness isn’t and never will be one.

    BTW I hope you do have a “Gay Marriage” I know I sure enjoy mine lol

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 29, 2013 at 9:33 am #

      Thank you for chiming in here. Yes, I agree there are bigots on both sides of the aisle, however, I would point out that specifically House Republicans (John Boehner and Eric Cantor) are paying Clement with tax payer dollars to defend DOMA.

      I can attest to the fact that you and Sharon have a quite lovely marriage, and I hope Robert and I will soon be able to also be legally married.

      Love to both you and Sharon,

  3. Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 29, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Thank you for reblogging this.🙂

  4. Bruce Thompson March 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Former President Clinton was “forced” to execute DOMA, why? In effect, elected Republican “leadership!” Unfortunately, elected Democrats “allow” their hands to be tied, but never the Republicans. As an “openly” Gay, active duty serviceman, I resented this slap in the face policy!

    If former President Clinton is the “poster boy for misogyny,” President Obama is the poster boy for how to LOVE women! President Obama did not oppose CIVIL UNION EQUALITY/marriage equality/”gay” marriage. Unlike Cheney, he never voted against the interest of taxpaying gay Americans; and neither of his children are gay that we are aware.

    President Obama didn’t need to “evolve” to be a leader of ALL Americans. He needed to “evolve” for his own peace of mind since he is not a learned hypocrite! That is why he is our first “gay” president. An honorary title he seems to wear with pride! Did he use his LEADERSHIP in a smart political way to influence the masses and move us as a country FORWARD? Yeah!

    “…After all I don’t hate Democrats because at their convention they were opposed to God ”
    Given that American Blacks and Latinos, at least, are 199% God-fearing “Christians,” the Democratic Party of TODAY has a platform that separates church and state.

    Rich is right. Dick isn’t a Democrat; he is a criminal of the worst kind!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm #


      You are such a loving and compassionate human being and one that is truly at the intersections of oppression. I am consistently in awe of you and your voice for social justice. Thank you for being visible here, for we so need your voice!

  5. Bruce Thompson March 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Michael, I am just following your lead! My mother just gave you a big hug from the great beyond. I know she would appreciate the portrait you paint of me.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

      Dear heart, it is not the portrait I paint of you, but rather the legacy you are building and the legacy your mother has left! You inspire us all to do better.


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