John Oliver Asked Every Presidential Candidate If They’d Pass an LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law
The fight for gay rights is only just heating up.
June’s Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality was merely a battle, not the war. The current GOP primary battle royale is a constant reminder. The moment the gavel dropped, Republicans lashed out at the SCOTUS ruling. Stubborn county clerks in several states refused to hand out same-sex marriage licenses, legal consequences be damned. And young conservatives begged the country to respect their beliefs. According to an ardent few, judging homophobic people was persecution, too.
Just this weekend, actress Ellen Page stopped by the Iowa State Fair to put Republican candidate Ted Cruz on the spot about LGBT discrimination. Cruz cited a classic example: if a flower shop doesn’t want to serve gay customers it shouldn’t have to. Page vehemently disagreed. But the politician stuck to his spiel, confident that he’d debated her out of the ring. Onlookers felt otherwise, including John Oliver, who dedicated Sunday’s Last Week Tonight to the ongoing perils of being gay in America. Oliver runs down several cases of discrimination that look baffling in a vacuum, but under Cruz’s own logic, would fly in the president hopeful’s version of the county. In the end of the segment, the comedian reports that, when asked if they’d pass an LGBT anti-discrimination bill when they stepped into office, only four presidential nominees even bothered to return his phone calls. One was Rand Paul, who responded to Oliver’s inquiry with “We’ll pass. Thanks.”
Watch the segment and remember: the fight ain’t over.