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

Ellen asks McCain to walk her down the aisle


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. Pondering

    So, gays haven't had it as hard as blacks? The gay rights movement is just not comparable because blacks have it so hard? What planet are you from? Yes, gays can possibly hide it, whereas blacks cannot.

    But gays are still killed because they are gay. Gays are still fired because they are gay, or not hired. Large numbers of voters want to ban gays from marrying, and even to ban laws that give some civil rights protections to gays. We have a black man as the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. Gays in politics? Sure, a few. But most are in the closet, pretend to be rabidly anti-gay, and have sham marriages – then, when they are caught, they have to resign from office. We are very, very far from having an openly gay president.

    May 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Joshua

    The only way that gay marriage can be compared to blacks is the right of blacks to marry blacks (denied during slavery) and miscegenation laws. I'm all for LGBT rights, but most of the black/woman issues where completely different, no one denies gays the right to vote, or the right to use the "straight" water fountain.

    May 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. sig

    Hey Eugenio (and everyone else who holds your opinion)

    The gay marriage movement has NO business being compared to the civil rights movement concerning African Americans.

    For starters, AAs were seeking equal access to voting rights in the same manner to which other Americans were currently entitled (one person, one vote). The were not seeking a new or special "black right to vote."

    Today, all Americans have the equal right to marry one person of the opposite sex. Gay marriage advocates want access to a special (new) right of marriage just for gays (one person of the same sex). Whatever your thoughts about gay marriage being right or wrong, you must acknowledge this fact.

    One other thing, racism against AAs was/is based on nothing more than skin color and stereotypes. A black man's behavior didn't prevent racism, he was still hated because of his color. Gays are opposed mainly due to what is widely perceived as socially deviant behavior (sex w/ same gender), not because of outward appearance. If a gay man walks into a room and "acts straight", homophobic people will not attack him as there is no outward indication of his sexual orientation.

    If a black man walks into a room filled with racists and "acts white" (whatever that is), he's not so fortunate.

    May 22, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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