COOPER: So that’s your message to gay and lesbian people here. My goodness, Anderson, we’ve had 49 people murdered.
I read your Twitter history for the last year, and I saw you tweeting about, you know, national dog month and national shelter dog appreciation day or adopt a shelter dog month. The only thing I'm championing are human beings whose lives were lost to terror.
Do you really think you're a champion of the gay community? When I was sworn in as attorney general, I put my hand on the Bible and was sworn to uphold the constitution of the state of Florida. That was voted in to our state constitution by the voters of Florida. Had nothing to do -- I've never said I don't like gay people, that’s ridiculous. But if that passed, I would defend that, as well, because it's my job to defend what's in the constitution of the state of Florida. COOPER: The hotline that you've been talking about on television which allows family members and spouses of the dead to get information, which is incredibly important, and I appreciate you talking about it on the air, had there been no gay marriage, had there been no same-sex marriage, you do realize that spouses, there would be no spouses, that boyfriends and girlfriends of the dead would not be able to get information and would not be able probably even to visit in the hospital here. Because early on we only have 24 people -- COOPER: Isn't there a sick irony that you for years were fighting that very idea? BONDI: Well Anderson, we rushed to get it to the Supreme Court.
BONDI: Anderson, I don't believe gay people could do harm to the state of Florida. COOPER: Right, but you were arguing that gay marriage, if there was gay marriage, if there was same-sex marriage, that would do harm to the people of Florida, to Florida society. COOPER: But that is specifically what you were arguing in court. COOPER: But the courts, the federal courts said that's not the constitution and you continued to fight it.
BONDI: That it was constitutional to put that in the constitution.
COOPER: Are you saying you did not believe it would do harm to Florida?
BONDI: Anderson, I’m not portraying myself as anything other than trying to help human beings who have lost their lives, who are right behind us right now in hospital beds, who have family members who aren't getting the services they need. Trying to fight with a funeral home for overcharging family members.
ANDERSON COOPER: I want to ask you, I saw you the other day saying that anyone who attacks the LGBT community, our LGBT community, you said, will be gone after with the full extent of the law. COOPER: I talked to a lot of gay and lesbian people here yesterday who are not fans of yours and who said that they thought you were being a hypocrite, that you for years have fought -- you basically gone after gay people, said that in court that gay people simply by fighting for marriage equality were trying to do harm to the people of Florida. To induce public harm, I believe was the term you used in court. We took that to the Supreme Court because of that language, hold on. People aren't right now who are partners and aren't married officially aren't able to get information, so we're trying to assist them in getting information. COOPER: Well, before the Supreme Court, there was a federal judge and you continued to fight it after the federal judge ruled, and in fact you spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money fighting it.