Openly-Gay CNN Anchor on SCOTUS Possibly Hearing Gay Marriage Cases: 'How Far We Have Come'
Openly-gay CNN anchor Don Lemon is happy that the Supreme Court is even considering hearing cases on gay marriage. Instead of just reporting the story on Friday, he injected his own feelings on the matter.
"It's amazing. I never thought in my lifetime that we would be covering this issue, having the Supreme Court possibly look at this particular issue. How far we have come," he remarked. [Video below the break. Audio here.]
"It is amazing," correspondent Joe Johns agreed, before stepping back and asking "is the country ready?"
Lemon's reaction isn't a surprise considering he once told gay newspaper The Washington Blade "I hope to change minds" while discussing his coming out as a public figure in the African-American community.
A transcript of the segment, which aired on CNN Newsroom on November 30 at 2:15 p.m. EST, is as follows:
DON LEMON: It's amazing. I never thought in my lifetime that we would be covering this issue, having the Supreme Court possibly look at this particular issue. How far we have come.
JOE JOHNS: It is amazing. And in fairly quick time. And the question, frankly, is whether the country is ready to some degree because nine states have sort of signed on to the notion, but you have 41 other states that have laws that are sort of against. So is the country ready?