Protect Marriage Lawyer Who Defended Prop 8 At Supreme Court Likely To Be Named Solicitor General

The Protect Marriage lawyer who defended Prop 8 at the Supreme Court and who later appeared to “evolve” on same-sex marriage is expected to be Trump’s pick for Solicitor General. Yahoo News reports:

Conservative lawyer Chuck Cooper has emerged as Donald Trump’s likely pick to be the nation’s next solicitor general, three sources say. As the nation’s top advocate, Cooper would be charged with defending legal challenges to U.S. laws and Trump’s executive orders, such as the suit against Trump’s travel ban that is currently wending its way through the courts.

Cooper is a longtime friend of Trump’s attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions. Cooper, a fellow Alabaman, helped prepare Sessions for his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, which was seen as a success by those in Trump’s orbit.

Sessions has decided he wants Cooper for the job, and according to one source close to the White House, Trump has agreed to let Sessions choose the solicitor general, who represents the federal government before the Supreme Court.

Cooper has argued before the Supreme Court seven times. His last appearance was in 2013, when he unsuccessfully urged the court to uphold California’s 2008 voter initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state.

Cooper’s confirmation process could be complicated both by his 2013 defense of the same-sex marriage ban and by his 1986 argument, while in the Office of Legal Counsel, that the federal government could reject job candidates with AIDS out of fear of contagion. Also controversial will be his 1982 role as a lawyer in the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division arguing for the federal government to reverse a ban on giving tax breaks to private schools that discriminated based upon race.

One year after defending Prop 8, Cooper announced that he was thrilled to participate in his daughter’s same-sex marriage ceremony. Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier reacted:

“We were so moved to hear of the Cooper family’s constant love and support of their own daughter, even as the Perry case was in full swing and Mr. Cooper was spending his days planning Prop 8’s defense. Some may find this contrast between public and private jarring, but in our opinion, loving an LGBT child unequivocally is the single most important thing any parent can do. We are overjoyed for Ashley and her fiancée, and we wish them the very best.”

  • i hate this one b/c he defended the no-interracial dating rule at that nutjob “school.”

    • Gigi

      Reagan took that all the way to the SCOTUS, and lost. What an embarrassment to humanity.

      • Tomcat

        He did not care,, it got him elected.

    • JaniceInToronto

      It’s easier to just hate ’em all. Useless twats.

  • Gigi

    “If only Joseph Stalin were still alive. Since he’s not, Chuck Cooper will have to do.” — Twittler Trump

  • Rex

    Under the trump admistration LGBT citizens will not be thrown off buildings to their death.
    They’ll have to do it themselves.

    • HanyBaal

      Self Defenestration.

      • Kenster999

        Trans-transom defenstration?

    • Statistics Palin

      The word for the day is “immurment.” It is the process of sealing a human being behind a wall for the duration of his or her life. Some churches had anchorites who were voluntarily immured. Here an example usage in a sentence. I don’t know of any Mexicans who would pay for Trump’s border wall, but I bet there are many who would pay for his immuremenf.

      • Acronym Jim

        Christopher Moore’s “Fool” comes to mind.

      • Kenster999

        And put another wall across the northern border (to stop bad hombres from getting in that way), and we’ll be the ones on the inside.

  • Blake Jordan

    Has Donnie picked anyone that does not have a history (and present) of being rabidly anti-LGBTQ+!?!?!?

  • Gustav2

    This is the only good news this year. Because we listened to his Prop 8 arguments we know he is incompetent. The Trump government will lose bigly.

    • Reality.Bites

      There were no competent arguments to be made for Prop 8. The lawyers for our side would have lost had they argued the other side.

      However it could be persuasively argued that no competent attorney would have taken the case in the first place.

  • Tomcat

    He lost that one so he is a LOSER. Trumps words.

  • Michael R
    • Bj Lincoln

      Go get um Elizabeth!

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    • Boreal

      Joe Manchin

      • Acronym Jim

        I’m hoping that asshole is now getting a thorough shunning by his colleagues and will for weeks to come.

    • MBear

      Speaking of yappy poodles. She talks a good game…but it see8ma her hands are tied….? I dunno. Sort of lost faith un her.

      Oh sweet cthulhu’s left testicle i prey that I’m wrong

      • Not quite sure what you mean — she’s been a real thorn in the side for Republicans, but there are limits on what she can do as a Senator. Especially when she has to deal with Mitch “Rules are for Democrats” McConnell.

        • MBear

          Seems the rethugs are better at manipulating the rules.

          • Well, the Republican philosophy is that rules are there for their convenience. If they become inconvenient, change them.

    • Goodboy
      • David Walker

        He really is a repulsive, lying, gross, and incompetent sonuvabitch. #NotMyPresident

  • Ninja0980

    He “cares” about his lesbian stepdaughter yet is likely to defend all the anti-LGBT crap that is coming our way.
    “Love” like that, you’re better off without.

    • it was something i noticed when i lived in DC. on camera, rethugs are all about hating on gays. and then they’d go to private events and parties that were totally integrated with gays, straights, transfolk. the hypocrisy was kind of staggering.

      • Gustav2

        It was a tradition that almost every Republican congresscreep had one gay staffer who was available 24/7 for work because gays don’t have private lives.

        I think the real reason they were against gay marriage is they didn’t want to lose the staffer to a family/spouse.

        • Bj Lincoln

          Makes sense. Well groomed, educated and can’t have a family. The perfect guy to have around.

          • Gustav2

            True, I was trying to figure out how to mark the comment as a half snark. lol

            I have also been basically asked by some bosses, “Why can’t you stay late? You don’t have a home life!”

          • Treant

            /0.5*s, I guess. 🙂

            Yeah, I’ve gotten the same thing. My answer, even prior to my recent marriage, has always been that I have the same home life that they do, I just don’t get the government perks and have to expend even more effort to work around that.

          • David L. Caster

            ~/s is a convenient notation for “only partially being snarky”.

          • Treant

            Unfortunately, I’d read that as “approximately snarky.”

          • David L. Caster

            Or approximately sarcasm. And that is the intent. Unfortunately the “not” character has disappeared from the typical computer keyboard.

          • NancyP

            Yes. This is a subset of “single person”. Single people, whatever their orientation, are often expected to pick up extra work. Plus, they NEED the job.

      • Frostbite

        They are happy to hate you and take your donation money too!

        • FAEN

          The LCR’s are happy to be hated while they donate.

          • Librarykid

            Is that like being slapped around while being used solely for someone else’s pleasure?

      • It’s not so hard to understand: in the public sphere, they’re dealing with abstractions, not real people. In private, these are their family and friends. Whole different thing.

        • Librarykid

          Actually, to me, it’s not, but I am not, Thank God, a Republican.

      • clay

        Trump (and the other GOP hacks) get credit with the Nationalist Christianists for nominating an anti-gay extremist, while also getting credit for naming someone who supports his lesbian daughter, and the two groups won’t care about the other side, as long as they get what they want.

        With Trump, I’m surprised the LOOSING isn’t more important.

  • Secure

    His daughter is in a same-sex marriage? Bryan Fisher is gonna be pissed at this appointment.

    • Mark

      PerKKKy’s eyes are gonna hit the back of his head!

      • canoebum

        I don’t think so. It is likely Cooper will be eager to argue cases in support of so-called “religious-based” discrimination, a top priority for the Talibangelicals.

      • Mark

        but then….what’s he to do about those lesbian fantasies?…..

  • Mark

    Seems he has spent a lot of time on the wrong losing side of history. Did he ever win at SCOTUS….for anything?

    • bambinoitaliano

      Unfortunately with the new SCOTUS appointee, his winning streak will start soon.

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    2018 elections can’t come fast enough. It will probably take forever to undo Trump’s damage, if it can be undone at all and if the world is not a charred lump of charcoal by then.

    • Gene

      matt Bai had a great article today about how the last 3 Presidents EACH had a big majority in the house and senate, over reached, and…BOOM. the odds are not in our favor in the Senate, but, I have NEVER seen Democrats and independents this concerned (and pissed), so, I am hopeful

    • grada3784

      We still have to do it, if only for the cockroaches that will inherit the earth.

  • Bj Lincoln

    He passed the hypocrite test so I guess he’s in.

  • JT
  • Dreaming Vertebrate
  • Robert Conner
  • Tiger Quinn

    So which is worse, that he tries to defend unconstitutional laws, or that he’s awful at it?

    • david fairfield

      Or that his ego impairs all rational thinking. (thinking, lol)

  • Frostbite

    Drain that swamp!

    • david fairfield

      The drain is plugged with swamp sludge. No way it’ll drain now.

  • Hue-Man

    I’m convinced the United States is heading for a Yugoslavia-style break-up, including ethnic (read, religious) cleansing, war crimes, and mass refugees.

    Watching PBS Mercy Street’s vision of the Civil War, you ask yourself “Why couldn’t sane people have prevented brother from killing brother?” That question is still valid today with the “Trumped” up level of hate. Calling 60% of the population “Enemies” is not a good start.

  • joe ho


    All the LGBTs too lazy to vote or who cast protest votes, enjoy the fruits of your stupidity!

    It was an all-hands-on-deck moment in American history, and you were too busy narcissistically virtue signaling. Disgusting.

    • she. didn’t. lose.

      • joe ho

        she did lose.

        you don’t seem to understand how the electoral system works.

        take your meds. maybe you’ll remember how the us elects its presidents.

        • i guess you missed all the reports about how voters votes weren’t counted, machines being hacked, thousands of people being turned away from the polls for bullshit reasons, etc.

          i take my meds at night, thank you.

    • Max_1

      joe ho,
      You’ll need your lazy LGBTs you’re walling off when the shistorm hits…

      Again, when Trump/Co comes after your rights and you’ve walled off people who you’ll need as allies, who will be left to stand for/with you?

      Just like how you’re gonna need POC on your side of your wall…
      … But look what you’re doing. Walling them off, too. SAD.

      • joe ho


        you create a false dichotomy. people can be criticized and made to face their bad behavior and still be on the team.

        valid criticism is not walling off. you are foolish.

        and if i remember, you were one of those viciously attacking hillary for months, weakening her candidacy–though in the end you did vote for her.

        no wonder you don’t want to face criticism.

        your mush-brained thinking is part of the problem of the regressive left.

        at least you didin’t accuse me of being anti-gay because i criticize certain gay people like you accused me of being racist for criticizing POC too lazy or too righteous to vote for Hillary.

        maybe you’re making a little progress. though I doubt it.

  • Robert Conner
  • Cackalaquiano

    Wow, the nice comments about Cooper from the Prop 8 plaintiffs. They’re much more diplomatic than I am.

  • david fairfield

    Just gets better and better.

  • Natty Enquirer

    There’s a lesson in class from Perry & Stier.

  • Cuberly

    OT: One less good ole boy in government.

    • MBear

      In a month, more or less, comments like his will be so commonplace no one will pay attention

    • Robert Conner

      Buh bye, lardass fuckface.

  • “I’ll celebrate my child’s same-sex marriage… while trying to prevent other parents from being able to do the same.”
    The Conservative Empathy Gap™ remains a sticky problem.

  • Gene Perry

    well, civil rights are screwed

  • Stogiebear

    I like attorneys who are winners not losers. Sad.

    #fakepresident #PresidentBannon

  • abqdan

    Let’s remember that this man LOST a case at the Supreme Court. Some attorney… 🙂

    • Vista-Cruiser

      And a right-wing Supreme Court at that. Unfortunately, it’s about to get even more right-wing.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Hey Trump, about you hating losers……..

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Of course, the real question re Chuck Cooper is, how does he tip?

  • Priya Lynn

    Now why would you refer to him as a “protect marriage” lawyer?! He wasn’t a “protect marriage” lawyer, he was an attack marriage lawyer.

    Just because the anti-marriage bigots refer to themselves with dishonest labels doesn’t mean you have to accept and use their false framing of the issue.