Family Research Council vs. McCain

Despite my responding to their e-mails with links to pornography and the ruder of available LOLcats, the Family Research Council continues to send me their newsletters, much to my amusement:

Not So Straight Talk Express

While the firestorm over gay “marriage” rages on, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has managed to keep a relatively low profile on an issue that is certain to take center stage in the general election. During his visit to California this week, local conservatives hoped he would seize the opportunity to speak openly about the threats posed by same-sex “marriage.” Then he appeared on this morning’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show” alongside one of America’s most popular comedians, who has talked repeatedly about being a lesbian. When a reporter from The Mercury News asked McCain why he took the interview, the senator said, “…People [will] get to see me in a different setting.” Last week, Ellen announced that she and her female lover will take advantage of the court’s decision to marry this summer. Although McCain said that he preferred to talk about “the economy, health care, and national security,” DeGeneres asked some pointed questions about marriage:

DeGeneres: “Let’s talk about the big elephant in the room. I was planning on having a ceremony anyway this summer, even though it wasn’t legal, but I feel that at least I get to celebrate my love. And then, it just so happens, I can now legally get married, as everyone should. To me this is only fair and only natural… What are your thoughts?”

McCain: “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: “To me… it feels like 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, ‘You can sit there, you just can’t sit there.’ That’s what it sounds like to me. It doesn’t feel inclusive; it feels isolated. It feels like we aren’t owed the same things and the same wording.”

McCain: “Well, I’ve heard you articulate that position in a very eloquent fashion, and we have a disagreement. I, along with many many others, wish you every happiness.”

Last year McCain agreed to speak at FRC’ssuper-special hatefest, because he’s a mavericky maverick who bucks the party line and appeals to moderates by eschewing traditional Republican divisiveness. It seems to have bought him quite a lot of cred with these folks, since they’re so concerned now that he’s caught lesbian cooties from Ellen.

A.

7 thoughts on “Family Research Council vs. McCain

  1. Even though McCain gave a rather “non-answer” to Ellen’s 800 pound gorilla, I still can’t figure out why he went on.
    It seems to me that he was trying to give a presentation that would lead on the pro-homosexual lobby without alienating the anti-homosexual lobby.
    Of course, all homosexuals have heterosexual parents.
    McCain had heterosexual parents.
    Therefore McCain… 😉

  2. Of course McCain believes in “legal agreements” that’s the whole basis to his union w/la Trollop!
    ;^)
    Elspeth

  3. I still can’t figure out why he went on.

    In the past, while obviously not closeted, Ellen has been famously non-strident and NOT in-your-face with her sexuality on that show. A gentle joke or two here and there, but definitely playing the opposite of Rosie O’Donnell persona. The lesbo community bitched some but in general cut her some slack because, after all, she’s taken her share of criticism and flack back in the day.
    So it’s my guess that McCain’s handlers though he could appear “hip” or play it down the middle or something by being on the lesbian’s show but he wouldn’t have to discuss ooky lesbian/gay stuff. Something like being on TDS or Letterman or SNL.
    But with the California ruling earlier in the week, and Ellen announcing on air – to much applause from the adoring audience- that she and Portia were gettin’ hitched, it was suddenly a much more lesbian show, at least that week. And props to DeGeneres for taking advantage of the timing.
    My 2 centavos

  4. You’ve got to see Colbert’s interview with FRC’s Tony Perkins. C&L top of second page.

  5. I hate Ellen Degeneres, not because I’m a bigot but because I have taste. I’d like nothing better than to see Jay Leno and herself have boulders tied around their necks and be tossed into red-hot lava. But after seeing she had the moral courage (a phrase Mccain loves to mindlessly slather in grease and cheese) to make a move to trap that dottering old fool into telling the truth, I have a lot more respect for her (though not as much as I do for Rosie O’Donnell).

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