Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ellen, McCain, and Gay Marriage

John McCain was on Ellen's show today, and the two of them had a discussion about the recent California court ruling legalizing gay marriage.

Ellen's words are convincing and persuasive, and I am proud to have her as a spokeswoman for LGBT individuals. Take a look at her challenges to McCain - asking him at one point, "so you'll walk me down the aisle?"


Curtis said...


Jessica said...

Booya. :]]
She is so awesome. I love Mccain's strategy of speaking really slowly so he doesn't offend anyone.

James Diggs said...

I like Ellen a lot, I would love to meet her. I also think Ellen did make a compelling argument.

Here is the problem. What Ellen is asking for is for the state to go beyond just declaring legal partnerships and declare gay unions as having the sacred status of “marriage”.

Now this is not to say that there aren’t compelling arguments for why gay unions could not be considered sacred and given the term marriage; I am just not sure that government is really able to mandate any union beyond just it’s legality and declare something “sacred” one way or the other. So perhaps government has over stepped its boundaries by ever declaring any legal union, even heterosexual, a marriage.

Perhaps the answer is for government to get out of the marriage game all together and declare both homosexual and heterosexual unions “civil unions” and let marriage be determined in the context of peoples various and diverse religious and cultural communities.

This way everyone would have the same legal rights and at the same time allow diverse communities to determine on their own what would constitute something as "sacred" and "marriage" beyond just a legal agreement and partnership; and no one could deny them that.

Just a thought, I would love to hear your opinion.