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May 24, 2008 02:34 AM UTC

Focus 'disappointed' in McCain

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  • by: RedGreen

Politics West reports moral arbiters Focus on the Family don’t think John McCain was rude enough to Ellen DeGeneres yesterday when he appeared on her talk show and failed to foam at the mouth denouncing gay marriage.

“We’re disappointed in John McCain’s statement on California’s Supreme Court ruling,” said Tom Minnery, a senior Vice President with Focus on The Family, during a phone interview with Denver Post reporter Kimberly Johnson.

His statement comes on the heels of the California Supreme Court recently clearing the way for gay marriages in California.

“We wish he had spoken a bit more firmly. We were disappointed to see him on the Ellen DeGeneres show this week and make some very tepid comments about marriage. We thought that would have been a good opportunity for him and separate himself from same sex marriage.” Minnery went on to add, “It would seem that his coming on that show in wake of California and Ellen’s announcement to get married to her lesbian lover would have given him a platform to voice what he says he believes in – state marriage amendments.”

McCain’s response was more than ‘tepid” — he smiled and laughed with the lesbian, even at one point making a joke with her — IN FRENCH.

Here’s what McCain said on Ellen’s show:

Here’s the exchange according to USA Today, working from a transcript the Ellen show provided:

DeGeneres, who announced last week that she and her partner plan to marry, tells the candidate that “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.'”

McCain says DeGeneres expresses her position “in a very eloquent fashion. We just have a disagreement. And I, along with many, many others, wish you every happiness.”

To which DeGeneres quips “So, you’ll walk me down the aisle? Is that what you’re saying?”

McCain’s response: “Touché.”

When Ellen brought up marriage, McCain should have

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3 thoughts on “Focus ‘disappointed’ in McCain

    1. to make jokes and small talk about lesbian weddings when he wasn’t sitting next to one of the more famous lesbians in the country, with an audience of her fans watching.

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