Ellen has one again used her talk show to shine a spotlight on gay rights. When John McCain stopped by her show on his "reinvention" tour, the host decided to press him on the big news in California and in her own personal life: marriage.
Ellen explained to McCain that even before the Supreme Court's ruling, she and de Rossi had planned to have a ceremony that summer. DeGeneres asked McCain to explain his thoughts on same-sex marriage as the crowd cheered her on.
McCain's awkward response and video after the jump...
A visibly uncomfortable McCain answered:
I think that people should be able to enter into legal arrangements. I think that is something we should encourage, particularly in the case of insurance and other areas--decisions that have to be made. I just believe in the unique status between man and women, and I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue.
We are all the same people, all of us. You're no different than I am. Our love is the same. 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, you just can't sit there.' It feels like we are not, you know, we aren't owed the same things and the same wording.
McCain said she articulated "that position in a very eloquent fashion." He then went on to say that despite their "difference of opinion" he wishes DeGeneres and de Rossi "every happiness." You know- the old "I think you are a second class citizen, but I still like you" response...
The ever quick DeGeneres then quipped, "So you'll walk me down the aisle?"
Way to go, Ellen! She has again used her show to talk about LGBT issues, much like when she spoke about Lawrence King and Sally Kern. Putting our issues into day time talk in such a positive way is a powerful tool for change.