WATCH: John Oliver Rips Into Anti-LGBT Baker and GOP Bigots, Urges Congress to Pass Equal Rights Law
Because states have a checkered history when it comes to all kinds of civil rights, John Oliver used his rant last night to urge Congress to pass a law guaranteeing full LGBT rights on a federal level. As it stands now, it just depends on which state you live in. LGBT people can be fired, denied a wedding cake and kicked out of restaurants with no apparent consequenes.
Oliver did concede that the country has come a long way on LGBT rights. At the GOP debate, John Kasich actually received applause for saying he recently went to a friend's same-sex wedding.
“Wow. A gay wedding just got applause at a Republican debate,” the host of Last Week Tonight on HBO said. “Add that to the list of things that would have been unthinkable in 2004. Like the phrase ‘Academy Award winner Mathew McConaughey.’ People would have said you were insane.”
Oliver spent a good portion of time ripping the Colorado baker John Phillips, who lost his case in court when he refused to make a gay couple's wedding cake.
Phillips, who says he has made over 5,000 wedding cakes, has argued it is against his religious principles to make a cake for a same sex wedding, adding, “I actually feel like I’m taking part in the wedding. Part of me goes to the reception.”
Oliver decided that had disturbing connotations.
“Part of you goes to the reception? I have a horrifying sense what that might mean,” he said. “‘In a way, I’ve been married 5,000 times. In another way, I cum in the cake.”
“That baker denied service to a gay couple in 2012, citing his belief that providing them with a wedding cake would offend his definition of traditional marriage,” Oliver continued. “But that’s a little hard to square with the fact that he allegedly had no problem providing a cake for a wedding between two dogs. And look, those two dogs may lick their own balls, but I’m sure even now they are regretting ordering a vanilla-cum cake from the ejaculating baker of Colorado.”
The serious point is that Congress should pass the Equality Act guaranteeing equal LGBT rights in all states.
“The answer to ‘Should gay people be discriminated against?’ is just ‘no,'” Oliver said.
It's really just not that complicated.