Rosie O'Donnell was so pissed at Bush's suggesting a Federal Amendment to define marriage that she went and got hitched in SF. Smash wonders "What About Love?"
From the SF Chronicle:
"We were both just trying to come here after the sitting president said the vile and vicious and hateful comments he did on Tuesday and inspired myself and my brand-new wife to fly here this morning," O'Donnell said.
We'll all hold our breath for Rosie to call John Kerry and John Edwards "vile and vicious."
From today's Democratic debate:
RATHER: ...So, let me, with your permission, change the subject very quickly. I do ask for brevity here. We'll try to work everybody in.
But, Senator Kerry, what's wrong with gay marriage?
KERRY: I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. It's a personal belief.
RATHER: Well, what's wrong with a man and a man committing to each other for life?
KERRY: What I think -- I think it's a distinction between what you believe the institution of marriage is, but what's important, Dan, is that you give people rights. I'm for rights, not for terminology or status -- rights.
RATHER: But who does it hurt, Senator?
KERRY: I think all -- that's not the issue. The issue is...
RATHER: Well, that's the question.
KERRY: ... are we prepared to provide rights to all Americans, so that they share the same rights as other people, not the same terminology or status?
I believe that the right, the spousal rights -- the right of inheritance, the right with respect to taxes, the right with respect to visitation in a hospital -- there are a whole series of rights. I am for those rights being afforded to every single American without distinction.
[...Kucinich interrupts for a while...]
KIRTZMAN: I'm kind of curious, Senator Kerry. If one of your children came to you and said, "First of all, I'm gay; second of all, I've met someone of the same gender that I want to marry," would you go to the wedding? Would you respect that relationship?
KERRY: I've been to the wedding of somebody who has gotten married who's gay, and I just happen to have a different opinion about what you call it and what the status is.
But I believe they deserve all the rights, all the support, all the love, all the affection, all of the rights that the state can afford. That's why...
KERRY: That's why I am for civil union. That's why I'm for partnership rights. That's why I'm for even the federal extension, with respect to tax code and other rights.
[...Sharpton interrupts for a while...]
BUMILLER: Do you see a difference between gay rights and civil rights? Why is one right a federal right, and the other one you're saying leave it to the states? What's the difference here?
EDWARDS: Here's what I say. I say that the federal government plays an important role in civil rights and in gay rights. I believe the federal government should recognize what the state, who has forever, now, decided what constitutes marriage...
BUMILLER: Why is there a different standard here?
EDWARDS: But wait a second, wait a second. We're talking about what the definition of marriage is, which is something that has always been decided by states, not rights. Now, see, this is one place that actually Senator Kerry and I largely agree. If we're talking about a bundle of rights, with what rights you'd get under federal law for partners, the problems with adoption...
BUMILLER: But the answer?
EDWARDS: The answer is, I believe that gay and lesbian couples should be respected. I think they're entitled to rights. And that's what I think the role...
BUMILLER: But you just can't call it marriage.
EDWARDS: I think it's for the states to decide that.
C'mon Rosie, go after the Dems. What's so different from what they said and what the President said?
"If we are to prevent the meaning of marriage from being changed forever, our nation must enact a constitutional amendment to protect marriage in America," Bush said. "Decisive and democratic action is needed, because attempts to redefine marriage in a single state or city could have serious consequences throughout the country."
In calling for a constitutional amendment, Bush did not express opposition to states allowing gays to enter into civil unions, and he did not offer specific support for legislation introduced by Representative Marilyn N. Musgrave, a Colorado Republican whose bill would limit marriage to unions of men and women.
"The amendment should fully protect marriage, while leaving the state legislatures free to make their own choices in defining legal arrangements other than marriage," Bush said.
Rosie, I'm not crazy about the FMA either but "vile and vicious?" C'mon. Ugh, why am I arguing with Rosie O'Donnell?