Friday, May 23, 2008
McCain for Equality?
Here's one guest that won't be at Ellen DeGeneres' wedding to Portia de Rossi: John McCain.
DeGeneres engaged the presumptive Republican presidential nominee in a discussion about the "the big elephant in the room," the recent California Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage, when he stopped by her TV show for a taped interview airing today (watch above).
"I just believe in the unique status of marriage between man and woman," McCain said. "And I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue."
DeGeneres, who has campaigned for Hillary Clinton, compared a ban on gay marriage to the time when "blacks and women did not have the right to vote.
"We are all the same people, all of us," said DeGeneres, who just celebrated her 50th birthday party. "You're no different than I am. Our love is the same."
McCain responded: "People should be able to enter into legal agreements, and I think that is something we should encourage, particularly in the case of insurance and other areas."
Keeping the senator on the hot seat, DeGeneres replied, "When someone says, 'You can have a contract, and you'll still have insurance and you'll get all that', it sounds to me like saying, "Well you can sit there; you can't sit there". "It doesn't feel inclusive… it feels… isolated," she added.
McCain admitted that DeGeneres' argument was "in a very eloquent fashion," and that he "along with many, many others, wish [her] every happiness."
DeGeneres told McCain she was "planning on having a ceremony this summer anyway, even though it wasn't legal."
"Then it just happened that I legally now can get married, like everyone should," DeGeneres said.
"We just have a disagreement," continued McCain.
"So, you'll walk me down the aisle?" DeGeneres joked.
McCain responded: "Touché."