“Homosexuals are nothing more than a minority minority, whose voice is enormous and unreasonably amplified by media“. These are the words of João Caupers, the new president of the Constitutional Court (TC), in a text he wrote in 2010.
João Caupers, full professor, who recently replaced Manuel Costa Andrade at the head of the Constitutional Court (TC), wrote his opinion for homosexuality in 2010, when same-sex marriage was approved, in a publication that is hosted online on the website of the Faculty of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
According to the Daily News, in 2010, João Caupers said that the posters that the Câmara de Lisboa “spread” around the city at that time were “in bad taste”, under the pretext of fighting discrimination, promoting homosexuality”.
The Ilga-Portugal Association campaign consisted of a poster with a photograph of a woman and child and the question: “If your mother were a lesbian, would anything change?”.
“One thing is tolerance towards minorities and quite another, the promotion of their ideas: homosexuals are no enlightened vanguard, no elite. They are not destined to grow and expand until heterosexuals are themselves a minority. And in democratic societies, minorities are tolerated by the majority – not the other way around. (…) The truth – that the call lobby gay likes to ignore – is that homosexuals are nothing more than a meaningless minority, whose voice is huge and unreasonably amplified by media“.
On the other hand, João Caupers assured that he was not an “adept” of “any form of discrimination, against anyone”, and that he was “indifferent” that his friends “were homosexual, heterosexual, catholic, agnostic, republican or monarchical” , whereas “minorities must be treated with dignity and without prejudice, both by the State and by other citizens ”.
“It makes no difference to me that my friends are homosexuals, heterosexuals, Catholics, agnostics, republicans or monarchists. Homosexuals deserve the same respect from me as vegetarians or from the Dalai Lama. They are minorities that, as such, should be treated with dignity and without prejudice, both by the State and by other citizens. (…) My tolerance towards homosexuals would not make me accept, for example, that a teenager of mine was “taught” at school that wishing for girls or boys was a mere matter of taste, as well as preferring Wrangler jeans to Lewis or Sagres to Superbock ”, continues the text.
The teacher it also rejected the use of the term “homosexuals”. “I reject the use of the word gay, used by well-thinking people to ‘sweeten’ the harsh harshness of the Portuguese vernacular terms that are synonymous with it. Changing the name of the thing does not change the thing ”.
Caupers concludes his opinion, saying “that, as a member of the heterosexual majority, respecting homosexuals, I am neither willing nor available, to be ‘tolerated’ by them ”.
Maria Campos, ZAP //