Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ellen Exposes Gay-Hating McCain

Ellen may be known for humor on her widely watched TV show, but on today's episode she'll be credited for helping to expose John McCain's belief that gays in America should remain as second class citizens. She used humor in the segment, but the point that came across was clear. John McCain does not think gays deserve the same rights as straight people.

From ThinkProgress:

Yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) taped an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, which airs today. Ellen, who recently announced that she plans to take advantage of the California Supreme Court’s recent gay marriage ruling and wed her longtime girlfriend, actress Portia di Rossi, pressed McCain on his stance on gay marriage.

McCain said that he opposes gay marriage, but said couples should be able to allowed to enter into legal agreements:

McCAIN: Well, my thoughts are that I think 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 status of marriage between man and woman. And I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue.

DEGENERES: Yeah, I mean, I think that it is looked at, and some people are saying that blacks and women did not have the right to vote. Women just got the right to vote in 1920, blacks didn’t have the right to vote until 1870, and it just feels like there’s this old way of thinking that we’re 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.”

The audience was largely silent for McCain’s remarks, but cheered loudly after Ellen spoke.

As ThinkProgress also notes, what he's said in the not-too-recent past is not exactly what he told Ellen on her show. McCain tried to soften his view for Ellen's audience but reality suggests otherwise. Also, he doesn't mind accepting people into his campaign like Pastor Hagee, who blames gays for the destruction of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. When John McCain walks Ellen down the aisle, hell will be frozen several times over.