May 22nd, 2008
10:00 AM ET
7 years ago

Ellen asks McCain to walk her down the aisle

CNN

Watch part of John McCain's interview with Ellen.

(CNN)— Openly gay talk show host Ellen DeGeneres pressed John McCain Thursday on his opposition to gay marriage.

The presumptive Republican nominee said he believes same-sex couples have the right to legal agreements for insurance and other purposes, but opposes gay marriage. “I just believe in the unique status of marriage between man and a woman,” McCain told DeGeneres.

McCain, who also opposes a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, said he supports and encourages legal benefits for same-sex partners particularly for insurance purposes. The Arizona senator has said individual states should decide the issue.

The talk show host pushed further, drawing parallels between the right to gay marriage and the suffrage movements for women and African-Americans.

“We are all the same people,” DeGeneres told McCain. “You’re no different than I am. Our love is the same.”

The Arizona senator said that she had given an “eloquent” defense of her position, but "we just have a disagreement. And I, along with many, many others, wish you every happiness."

Degeneres joked: "So, you'll walk me down the aisle? Is that what you're saying?"

McCain’s one word response: "Touché."


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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. JC

    I am really glad that Senator McCain clarified his belief in gay marriage.
    Ellen is one of Hillary's best girlfriends.
    She learned how to talk with different accents in different states and use gestures identical to Ellen's. Both are very talented in whatever they do.
    The only thing Ellen cannot teach Hillary is how to convince the voters.

    May 22, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Kathie, Ontario . Canada

    Wonder if Dick Chenney would walk Ellen down the aisle.
    Heck wonder if he would walk his own daughter down the
    aisle. Is anyone taking any bets on that ?

    May 22, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Marv...

    Stop comparing the gay movement to the struggles of Black America.

    May 22, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. McCAIN NO STRAIGHT TALKER

    * McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn’t be allowed.

    May 22, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. NO OBAMA,NEVER

    It's not the issues.......It's not the party.......... it's the man. Why won't you people get it.......obama is unfit to run this country. He is way too dangerous. He'll drag this country down to third world status. I will never vote for obama.

    May 22, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Alice

    I hope all you HIllary supporters who plan to vote for McCain in the Fall are listening to this.

    May 22, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Shane

    MICHAEL WE ARE SAYING THERE ARE A LOT OF SIMILARITIES. THE BLACKS WENT THRU A HORRIFIC PERIOD AND AS A WHITE AMERICAN, I AM APPALLED AND SADDENED THAT HAPPEN. BUT WHAT SHE IS BASICALLY SAYING IS, THAT THIS IS THE NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS A STRAIGHTS. MARRIAGE TO A MAN TO MAN OR WOMAN TO WOMAN, IS THE SAME LOVE THAT A MAN AND WOMAN HAVE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WILL NEVER GO AWAY. THERE WERE GAYS AND LESIBIANS IN HISTORY ie ALEXANDER THE GREAT. THEY ARE PART OF LIFE PEOPLE

    May 22, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Eli Winter

    Obama,
    Watch out to not give too much in to Hillary
    1 – This is an appeasemnt test

    2 – If she narrows the gap she will have months to twist arms of delegates and steal victory

    Be fair but tough

    May 22, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. McCAIN NO STRAIGHT TALKER

    MCCAIN: I think that gay marriage should be allowed, if there’s a ceremony kind of thing, if you want to call it that. I don’t have any problem with that, but I do believe in preserving the sanctity of a union between man and woman.

    May 22, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. ALL THE WAY TO DENVER

    CNN.

    You have a lot of fluff on here today... I think the real stories should be:

    1. Obama flip-flops on Foreign Policy... i.e. Iran (big threat or little threat)
    2. Florida voters chant "Count our Votes" at Clinton Rally.
    3. Obama declares himself nominee and returns to Iowa.

    Do you people provide news anymore?

    Just wondering...

    Hillary 08

    May 22, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. yardstylze

    Gays are not in the same situation on Black...they were not lynched, rape, enslaved, treated as less than human, could not be with a white man or woman that they loved...had churches burned to the ground, had dogs set on them...got bomb threats....I could go on and on. You cannot compare Gays to Blacks....at least you can hid being Gay..you cannot hide the fact that you are black

    May 22, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. TJ Johnson

    Oh go ahead, Mc and walk her down the aisle. It won't rub off.

    May 22, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Uncle Sam

    This exchange demonstrates the kindness and consideration that makes John McCain the person and statesman he is.

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 22, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. kim portland, oregon

    oh please, these righties are soooo freaking HYPOCRITICAL!!!!!

    you babble on about the sanctity of marriage, blah blah blah, meanwhile they've all been married MULTIPLE times. mccain cheated on his first wife and married his mistress!!!! yeah, THAT'S real respectful of the sanctity of marriage.

    people need to worry less about who marries who and focus on their own crumbling, miserable marriages!!

    republicans=MAJOR hypocrites!!

    May 22, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Eugenio

    Michael A, i just have to respond to your statement. The Struggle by the Gay community is the same as the one the African-American community fought in the 60's. It is the fight a section of our society must endure to be seen as equal under the eye's of the law. Your statement just says to me "Our struggle was longer therefore we suffered more". Suc fallacies of argument just make you seem ignorant, look around the gay community is treated the same as the african-american community was back then, with disdain and hatred all hatred is the same. Ignorance.

    BTW Kudos to John McCain he is willing to be the President with the ability or at least the courage to try and bridge the gap between all sect's of society. He is more than just catch phrases like Sen. Obama. McCain has substance.

    May 22, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Jack

    I really like McCain..I wish he were not as old as he is...

    I voted for him in 2000. I wish he had won primary in 2000 than GW Bush. He is a good man.

    However, I am so tired of conservative Republicans like Sean Hannity, Bill O reilly and how they spread hate for others- I have decided to become Independent and vote for the right candidate

    Republican for Obama 08

    May 22, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Patriot

    So, all of you angry Hillary supporters-

    you plan to vote for a anti-choice, anti-gay candidate in November because of your fierce loyalty to Hillary?

    Try explaining that vote to your children years from now when abortion becomes illegal and we are still engaging in reckless warfare.

    May 22, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. goawaymongers

    Love ya Ellen! Hope you're ready to campaign for Senator Obama once this is over- Best wishes for you wedding! It's ABOUT TIME!

    May 22, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Major Mike in Lorton, Virginia

    I thought McCain's interview with Ellen was good. McCain was diplomatic on his views of same sex marriages.......at least he didn't "woof" some political explanation to advance his candidacy. He was cautious to walk the "rice paper" on this issue.....not that it is going to affect his candidacy, but rather impact on his popularity.

    May 22, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. JoAnne-Independent

    Since when do just a few states determine who the president will be. Last I knew we had 50 states in this union.
    I think the news should keep quiet about pole results and let each individual make up their own minds.

    May 22, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Chris, Middletown, CT

    As a Republican....its time...time for my party to give up the White House for Obama – and we need to allow "people" rights – and if "people" want to be married....let them..geez....allowing unions for "insurance purposes" – is crazy....allow full rights....this argument is crazy....there is a clear separation of church and state....needs to stop...and stop now

    May 22, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. COUNT EVERY VOTE

    HIllary , Barack and Mccain all believe in unions...and don't believe in Same Sex marriage...

    So everyone chill out.

    anyone but Mccain..but vote Obama.

    May 22, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. mike

    I love it when people say they're tired of those who spread hate. They remind me of grossly obese people who say they are too tired to work out. Morality requires the hatred of immorality. No one would be willing to stop genocide in the name of being tired. You have to hate that which is evil, and cling to that which is good. Otherwise, you're lukewarm and no good to either side.

    May 22, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Debra

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I have to commend McCain for holding his ground on this issue.

    May 22, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. concerned citizen

    At least John McCain is willing to talk to people that oppose him on his views. Lets see Hillary or Obama on the O'Reilly Factor! Maybe we can figure out ANSWERS to the CHANGES that Obama is pressing on everyone.

    May 22, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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