The new president of the Constitutional Court clarified that the text published in 2010 in the wall newspaper of the Faculty of Law of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa was a “pedagogical instrument” and does not “necessarily” reflect his ideas.
João Caupers, the new president of the Constitutional Court (TC), wrote his opinion on homosexuality in 2010, in a publication that is still online on the website of the Faculty of Law of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. This Tuesday, the text against the “gay lobby” was recovered by Diário de Notícias and has already given a lot to talk about.
In the statements of 11 years ago, the professor affirmed, among other things, that “homosexuals are nothing more than a meaningless minority, whose voice is huge and unreasonably amplified by the media”.
Now, in a written response to the weekly Expresso, Caupers said the texts he published were “a teaching tool, aimed at students who, in order to better provoke the reader, used an almost caricatural language, using and abusing more or less absurd comparisons ”.
The new TC president stated, therefore, that these statements did not “necessarily” reflect his ideas and further argued that “legal thought uses analogy as an essential tool, which supposes the ability to discover between two situations what is equal and what is different ”. “That is why it is crucial to train law students in this methodology,” he added.
Caupers also said that the purpose behind the creation of the wall newspaper “was to provoke – this is the right term – student reaction, intentionally using a controversial speech ”.
The professor also stated that, when he went to work for the Constitutional Court, he stopped writing “that type of texts”, “not because of any change in convictions” that, according to him, “were never in question”, but because writing controversial texts “Is not compatible with the discretion required of a judge”.
In reaction to the DN article, the blocking deputy Sandra Cunha wrote in her account ofthat the text of the current presiding judge of the TC “Is offensive and discriminatory”.
“It is not worthy of those whose job it is to ensure compliance with the Constitution of the Republic and the principle of equality”, wrote the blocker, awaiting “a clear public retraction”