Republican John McCain says same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into legal agreements for insurance and other purposes, but he opposes gay marriage and believes in "the unique status of marriage between a man and a woman."
"And I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue," the likely Republican presidential nominee said in an interview for today's The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
That's not the funny part. Here's the funny part:
DeGeneres needled McCain on the issue, arguing that she and the senator from Arizona aren't different. ...
"We are all the same people, all of us. You're no different than I am. Our love is the same," she said. "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," DeGeneres said.
McCain said he's heard her "articulate that position in a very eloquent fashion. We just have a disagreement. And I, along with many, many others, wish you every happiness."
DeGeneres steered the conversation back toward the humor she's known for.
"So, you'll walk me down the aisle? Is that what you're saying?" she asked.
"Touche," McCain said.
That wasn't a 'no'.
And click into the comments for the most fun, where I posted the following:
"I just don't like gay people who 'rub it in my face' all the time!"
Translation #1: I want to discriminate against you openly, comfortably, and securely, and when you do things that lend evidence to our common humanity, I get that icky guilt feeling. Knock it off, dammit!
Translation #2: I am deeply closeted and intensely jealous that you are not. Also, I have a sexual obsession with box turtles.