Friday, May 23, 2008

John McCain has "respectable disagreement" with Ellen on gay marriage


“I can hardly wait,” John McCain said Thursday, as Ellen De Generes promised to converse with him about his opinion on the recent California ruling on gay marriage.

McCain is certainly lightening up, appearing on Saturday Night Live with Amy Poehler and Seth Myers. (Democrats, I have to urge you: Do not, in any circumstances, pick a candidate too soon!) Actually, Ellen said “you are a very funny guy.” He also said that “being very old” is an important quality for a President. Indeed, Barack Obama, slender, petite and youthful, looks like he could well waltz onto the dance floor at the Town DC.

McCain said people should be able to enter into “legal agreements,” like “insurance and other areas” but he said there should be “unique status for marriage behind a man and woman” and he said that he had a “respectful disagreement.” Ellen made the metaphor of making gay people sit in a different part of the room. The obvious reference in my mind was Rosa Parks in Alabama being made to sit in the back of the bus in the 1950s. Ellen said something like, "we are all the same." I recall, in kindergarten in 1949 (in a private home), that the teacher divided the class into “brownies” and “elves”. The elves went upstairs, and I remained a “brownie.” (The term did not refer to race, just to apparent social status; I am Caucasian.) I also wanted Ellen to say something like this: people who do not engage in heterosexual marriage are forced by government policy to subsidize the lives of people who do.

Ellen then asked McCain if he would walk her down the aisle, like a father of the bride. (The father, remember, pays for the wedding, at least in Emily Post’s world.), when Ellen marries Portia de Rossi.

Ellen did not ask John McCain about repealing "don't ask don't tell" for gays in the military. I wish she had. I would love to hear his answer. (Or maybe I wouldn't).

The Washington Blade now reports that there is a $20 million fight coming to beat down a proposed state constitutional amendment to reverse the California Supreme Court’s ruling, here, by Joshua Lynsen.

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