CNN host Chris Cuomo closed Monday's edition of Cuomo Prime Time by highlighting the Supreme Court’s decision extending Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to apply to the LGBTQ community. In addition to gleefully painting the decision as a “stunning defeat” for President Trump, Cuomo complained that the decision did not go far enough. However, he warned that gays still “will not be safe” unless more is done.
Cuomo began by announcing that “it’s been five years since the Supreme Court declared same sex marriage legal,” reminding his audience that “there was big celebration then and rightly so.” So, it should not come as a surprise that the rest of his closing argument consisted of even more activism on behalf of the LGBTQ community.
As the CNN host explained, “The Court ruled Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act doesn’t just make it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person’s sex. It also forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” Not surprisingly, Cuomo cheered the 6-3 decision as a “stunning defeat for the Trump administration,” making sure to point out that “the President’s first nominee” to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, “wrote the majority opinion.” It looks like his concerns about the “very conservative” Gorsuch might not have been warranted after all.
While Cuomo described the Court decision as a “win for the LGBTQ community,” he complained that it was still not enough. According to Cuomo, “until Congress protects this slice of America, they will not be safe.”
When tossing it over to CNN Tonight host Don Lemon, Cuomo warned that “until Congress acts,” the “obsession with the other” will lead to further hardships for the LGBTQ community: “They need the law of Title VII, federal protection, to extend to the community. Until it does, we’ll have to do this case by case...Next, it will be adoption. Then it will be about financing. Then it will be about something else. Until you give them protection for all of it, they don’t have any of it; unless you go case by case.”
Cuomo did not specify what he meant by giving the LGBTQ community “protection for all of it” but he could have been talking about the Equality Act, a radical bill pushed by congressional Democrats that would fulfill the far left’s wildest dreams by forcing people of faith to violate their convictions and allowing men who identify as women to use women’s bathrooms and compete in women’s sports. A little more than 12 hours later, The View co-host Sunny Hostin pushed for the passage of the Equality Act when echoing Cuomo’s complaints about the Supreme Court decision not going “far enough.”
Cuomo’s commentary proves once again that when it comes to all hot-button issues, especially social issues, the left and the supposedly “objective” legacy media have become virtually indistinguishable.
A transcript of the relevant portion of Monday’s edition of Cuomo Prime Time is below. Click “expand” to read more.
Cuomo Prime Time
CHRIS CUOMO: You know it’s been five years since the Supreme Court declared same sex marriage legal. There was big celebration then, and rightly so, but it was never the end of the fight. Today, the High Court delivered another win for the LGBTQ community, 6-3 vote. The Court ruled Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act doesn’t just make it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person’s sex. It also forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The dec…the decision extends workplace protections to millions of people. And it is a stunning defeat for the Trump Administration considering the Court’s conservative bent. In fact, the President’s first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, wrote the opinion, and joined Chief Justice John Roberts, with the liberals, to form the 6-3 majority. The three dissenting justices criticized the majority decision for what they see as amending the law rather than interpreting it. And there is something to be said about that. Until Congress protects this slice of America, they will not be safe. It does suggest hope for advancing that cause but it comes as a critical juncture in our society where movements like this one; where thousands rallying in New York and around the country for black lives and black trans people this weekend are proving the truth about America. If you want things to change, it has to start from the bottom up; always the rule in this country. Thank you for watching. CNN Tonight with D. Lemon right now.
DON LEMON: In any other time, maybe an…well, I would just say in any other time, if it was any other day. That would have been a big lead story. Right. We have so much going on in the world right now that a story that would have been the lead that is mentioned, it’s great news and actually in a way it’s…you know, it’s, it’s…I, I equate it to when people won’t have to come out anymore. Right? When you are assumed that you should be, and rightfully so protected by the same Constitution, under the same rules as everybody else. Right?
LEMON: Regardless if you’re black, white, trans, straight, gay, whatever.
CUOMO: It is an issue that speaks to our obsession with the other in our culture. And until Congress acts, this is one that is about a pen stroke away. They need the law of Title VII, federal protection to extend to the community. Until it does, we’ll have to do this case by case, Don. Next it will be adoption. Then it will be about financing.
CUOMO: Then it will be about something else. Until you give them protection for all of it, they don’t have any of it unless you go case by case. And that is a long walk.