September 30th, 2007
03:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Cate Edwards: On gay issue I'm with mom, not dad

Cate Edwards said she sides with her mother on the issue of gay marriage.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Cate Edwards took questions in Des Moines Sunday on behalf of her father, former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, but she could only answer a few without referring to a campaign staffer for the details of her dad's positions.

She needed no help, however, in responding to a question relating to her position on gay rights, specifically gay marriage.

"I'm on my mom's side with this, not my dad's," Edwards said. "It's the word 'marriage' that he is hung up on."

"It's not about gay rights," she added.

John Edwards has said he does not support gay marriage, but his wife, Elizabeth, does.

"He very much does not understand–he has trouble, I guess, with the term 'gay marriage.' I don't," Cate Edwards said.

"I'm not going to try to defend him on that because I don't agree with it, but that's where he stands. But I don't want it to be understood as not standing for gay rights because that's certainly not true."

Cate Edwards and 'Desperate Housewives' actor James Denton were at a stop during a two-day swing through the Hawkeye State stumping for the Edwards for President campaign.

Only about a half dozen questions were asked, but a significant amount of her answers included referrals to a campaign staffer named Oliver–so many, in fact, that his name was soon becoming a small running joke, even to Edwards.

"Oliver will get you that information. You should all get to know Oliver," Edwards said laughing.

Related video: Watch Cate Edwards explain her father's position on gay marriage

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Iowa • John Edwards • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Pingzing58, San Antonio, Texas

    If he has problems with Gay Marriage then try Same Gender Civil Unions. It takes the word "sex" out of the discussion and "biblical marriage" out out of the discussion; separates Church from State and gives same gender couples the civil rights they need.

    October 2, 2007 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  2. Jane, Bedminster, NJ

    "Civil Unions" have not so far been successful in providing New Jersey couples with the rights they should have under the law. Too many companies and organizations have been using the excuse that it is not "marriage" to deny insurance coverage, family discounts, etc. "Separate but equal" didn't work with the civil rights issues of the 1960s and it's not working now.

    October 3, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. speakingoutworld

    About Jo's from Atlanta, GA comment. Running your house doesn't mean your make everyone else in that household believe just like you. It means you take care of your family and support them. She didn't tear down her dad she just said she didn't agree with him. She still loves her dad and will still support him what he does. To me that does show he led good in his house. If he didn't she would be saying I don't support him at all.

    October 9, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
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