Former Love Connection host Chuck Woolery has added his voice to the chorus of GOP figures upset by the recent court rulings on Proposition 8. At last week’s CPAC event in Washington, D.C., Woolery said the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to declare California’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Gays don’t need civil rights, Woolery stated.
Neither, in his opinion, do African Americans.
The Advocate reports that Woolery’s remarks came after an enthusiastic meeting with former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who told Huffington Post that she believes people “have the right to vote on the laws that they living under [sic]” even when those laws take away the civil rights of a minority group. Woolery agreed.
His remarks at CPAC seemed to undermine the struggles and accomplishments of an entire movement. At best, they reflected staggering ignorance and insensitivity.
“Majority rules,” Woolery said. “We were born with national rights. We don’t need civil rights. [African-Americans] don’t need civil rights. They don’t need them. They have inalienable rights granted by God in the Constitution.”
“I mean, I’m discriminated against all the time. I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me,” he added, essentially telling civil rights advocates to “suck it up.”
“[I'm discriminated against] because I’m old,” Woolery said. “And Iím a one per center, and I’m absolutely discriminated against as a one per center.”
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