A conservative lawyer who defended California’s same-sex marriage ban before the Supreme Court is hosting a fundraiser for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) presidential campaign.
The lawyer, Charles J. Cooper, also is helping to plan a same-sex wedding for his daughter.
Cooper, according to The Washington Post, found out that his daughter is gay while defending California’s Proposition 8 gay marriage ban.
Cooper is one of 20 names headlining a fundraiser for Cruz on Wednesday.
— Dave Levinthal (@davelevinthal) April 28, 2015
The fundraiser comes a week after a pair of gay hoteliers, Matt Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, hosted a small dinner at their New York penthouse for Cruz. Cruz, at that dinner, said he would love his daughter just as much if she were gay. Cruz defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
There was a backlash against the hoteliers from the gay community for hosting the conservative senator and 2016 presidential candidate. Gay activists set up a Facebook page calling on a boycott of Out NYC, the hotel owned by Reisner and Weiderpass.
The 2015 Broadway Bares Solo Strips fundraiser for AIDs was also cancelled because organizers did not want to have the event at a venue “whose owners have alienated our community.” Weiderpass and Reisner own the venue.
On Sunday Reisner apologized for hosting Cruz.
“I made a terrible mistake,” Reisner wrote on his Facebook. “I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights.”