marriage equality receives unprecedented air time during debate

Last night brought a different kind of debate. Hopefully, you were
able to catch it on CNN. Americans were able to submit video
questions to the candidates via And, the topic of
marriage equality came up. Twice.

The first marriage equality related question was asked by a

Senator Edwards said his opposition to gay marriage is
influenced by his Southern Baptist background. Most Americans agree
it was wrong and unconstitutional to use religion to justify
slavery, segregation, and denying women the right to vote. So why
is it still acceptable to use religion to deny gay Americans their
full and equal rights?

Watch the video clip below:

Is it me or does Senator Edwards contradict himself? He states that
it is wrong to justify political actions with religion, but
reaffirms his position against full marriage equality.

Marriage equality came up again when a lesbian couple in Brooklyn,
New York asked, “Would you allow us to be married to each other?”
It was nice to see names and faces attached to a question. It made
their question personal.

Kucinich answered the question beautifully:

Mary and Jen, the answer to your question is yes. And
let me tell you why.

Because if our Constitution really means what it says, that all are
created equal, if it really means what it says, that there should
be equality of opportunity before the law, then our brothers and
sisters who happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender
should have the same rights accorded to them as anyone else, and
that includes the ability to have a civil marriage

Yes, I support you. And welcome to a better and a new
America under a President Kucinich administration.

Watch the clip below:

The topic of marriage equality received an unprecedented amount of
air time during this debate. It will be interesting to see if the
question comes up again during the Republican youtube debate. It
will be hard to say “no” to a couple like Mary and Jen without
coming across as a bigot.