Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ellen DeGeneres Sticks Up For Her Right To Marry

Presidential hopeful John McCain paid a visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show (widely considered a cushy place to joke around and have fun on national TV) this week in order to court her faithful audience lookin' for votes come November and managed to get "ambushed" by Ellen, who dared to press the Senator on actual issues dealing with the 2008 presidential campaign. McCain prolly showed up at Ellen's doorstep thinking he'd be getting some free publicity in a fluffy puff piece but Ellen decided to bring up the issue of same-sex marriage, forcing the presidential candidate to make clear his position on the matter:

Republican John McCain says same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into legal agreements for insurance and other purposes, but he opposes gay marriage and believes in "the unique status of marriage between and man and a woman." "And I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue," the likely Republican presidential nominee said in an interview to air Thursday on "The Ellen DeGeneres show." McCain, who also opposes an amendment to the Constitution to ban same-sex unions, said people should be encouraged to enter into legal agreements, particularly for insurance and other areas where decisions need to be made ... Last week, after the California Supreme Court cleared the way for gay marriage in that state, DeGeneres announced on her program her engagement to longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi. "Mmm-hmm yeah, I mean, I that it is looked at — and some people are saying the same — that blacks and women did not have the right to vote. I mean, women just got the right to vote in 1920. Blacks didn't have the right to vote until 1870 and it just feels like there's this old way of thinking that we are not all the same. We are all the same people, all of us. You're no different than I am. Our love is the same ... To me, what it feels like, just you know I will speak for myself, it feels 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 just can't sit there.' ... It feels like we are not, you know, we aren't owed the same things and the same wording." DeGeneres said ... DeGeneres steered the conversation back toward the humor she's known for. "So, you'll walk me down the aisle? Is that what you're saying?" she asked. "Touche," McCain said.

Hell yes! I love that Ellen pressed McCain on this issue that she feels so strongly towards and used the power of her TV show to illustrate the difference in her position on same-sex marriage and the position of a likely presidential nominee. Ellen's show may be full of fun and fluff but she does take a stand every once-in-a-while to make a point when she believes strongly on an issue ... no matter the circumstance. To his credit, McCain was very diplomatic in voicing his opposition to same-sex marriage and really couldn't have given Ellen a positive answer on the subject without angering his party's entire political platform but still ... he and his party are absolutely wrong on this issue. Kudos to Ellen DeGeneres for so eloquently illustrating how the notion of "separate but equal" has already been deemed unconstitutional in this country and makes clear that it should be deemed unconstitutional in this country again on this issue of same-sex marriage. Click HERE to watch the short video exchange between McCain and Ellen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show which aired/airs today. [Source, Source]