Proverbial reverend Al Sharpton insists he did not out Anderson Cooper.
Sharpton appeared on Cooper’s CNN show Wednesday to discuss James Dobson’s attack on Barack Obama, who Dobson claims is “distorting” the bible. Arguing against Dobson, Sharpton said, “I may have some very conservative personal feelings, but I feel you have the right to live your life differently. I may think that what you do Anderson is gonna put you in Hell, but I’m gonna defend your right to get there.” Loads of people took this to be an unintentional “outing.”
Sharpton, however, claims he’s clueless to Cooper’s carnality.
Sharpton, unaware of the controversy, told Gay City News, “I have no idea of his sexuality. I was not talking about him as an individual anyway. It could have been anybody.” He said any thoughts he might have about things that condemn people wouldn’t include homosexuality. “I support same-sex marriage and have been lambasted by the right for it,” he said.
More than a decade ago, this reporter [Andy Humm] asked Sharpton at a party if his support extended to performing same-sex marriages as a minister. “Step outside,” he shot back. “I’ll do you right now.”