John McCain stopped by the Ellen Degeneres show yesterday, where talk turned. . . respectfully tense over the issue of gay marriage and Ellen's pending nuptials. Calling it "the elephant in the room" Ellen asked McCain to explain his position. McCain believes same-sex couples should be allowed legal unions for insurance and other purposes, but he opposes gay marriage and believes in "the unique status of marriage between and man and a woman." McCain said, "and I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue." McCain opposes an amendment to the Constitution to ban same-sex unions. To see how Ellen responded and McCain's plans for a Veepstakes BBQ,
Ellen gave back, saying "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."
They parted friends though, McCain saying, "I, along with many, many others, wish you every happiness." Ellen pounced on the opportunity to lobby for a four-star escort. "So, you'll walk me down the aisle? Is that what you're saying?"
McCain's answer? "Touche." Check out the exchange — I think they kept it very civilized. Are you an Ellen fan? Can you imagine McCain walking her down the aisle?
In other McCain news, his weekend BBQ guest list is grabbing all kinds of attention from Veepstakes speculators. Though McCain insists the event is purely social, when Charlie Crist, Bobby Jindal, and Mitt Romney make s'mores with the Senator, people wonder whose buns might be about to get buttered. . . .