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McCain Appears on Ellen DeGeneres’ TV Show

Presidential candidate John McCain and Ellen DeGeneres got into it over same-sex marriage on her TV show May 22. 


Ellen said: “Let's talk about the big elephant in the room. … I legally now can get married, like everyone should. … So I'm obviously excited and, to me, this is only fair, and only natural. What are your thoughts?”

McCain responded: “My thoughts are that I think that people should be able to enter into legal agreements and I think that is something that we should encourage, particularly in the case of insurance and other areas, decisions that have to be made. I just believe in the unique marriage between man and woman. And I know that we have a respectful
disagreement on that issue.”

Ellen wasn't having it.

”Uh-huh. Yeah,” she said. “I think 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 till 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 (she points one direction), you just can't sit there (she points another direction). That's what it sounds like to me. It doesn't feel inclusive. It feels isolated. It feels like we are not owed the same things and the same wording.”

McCain responded: “Well, I've heard you articulate that position in a very eloquent fashion. We just have a disagreement and I, along with many, many others, wish you every happiness.”

“Thank you,” said DeGeneres. “So, you'll walk me down the aisle, is that what you're saying?”

”Touché,” responded McCain.

”Well, my hope is someday it won't be called a contract, it'll be called marriage,” DeGeneres concluded.

California's Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage May 15 and the weddings are scheduled to begin June 17.

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