John McCain will satisfy few people with his fuzzy stand on gay marriage, as articulated to Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show. â€œPeople should be able to enter into legal agreements, and I think that 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,â€ he told DeGeneres, who plans to marry partner Portia de Rossi in light of the California Supreme Courtâ€™s recent decision.
DeGeneres responded by likening gay rights to civil rights and voting rights. â€œIt just feels like there is this old way of thinking that we are not all the same. We are all the same people, all of us. Youâ€™re no different than I am. Our love is the same. . . . When someone says, â€˜You can have a contract, and youâ€™ll still have insurance, and youâ€™ll get all that,â€™ it sounds to me like saying, â€˜Well, you can sit there; you just canâ€™t sit there.â€™ Thatâ€™s what it sounds like to me. It feels like — it doesnâ€™feel inclusive.â€
You can watch the video on the showâ€™s Web site.