A ONE-SIDED GAY-MARRIAGE DEBATE…. If you missed Jon Stewart’s interview with Mike Huckabee last night, you missed a doozy of a discussion on gay marriage.
To be sure, there’s not much more one can say about the issue that we haven’t already heard. Huckabee said what one would expect him to say — we can’t “change the definition” of marriage, gay people are “practicing a lifestyle,” proponents of equality “have a lot of work to do to convince the rest of us” that all adults have the right to marry. Likewise, Stewart’s points were also arguments we’ve heard before.
But there was something about the confrontation, and Stewart’s calm, lawyer-like dissection, that made this more compelling than the usual arguments over gay marriage.
Pay particular attention to the last substantive exchange, which struck me as the most devastating. Stewart concluded, “You know, you talk about [abortion] being one of the great shames of our nation. I think if you want number two, I think it’s that it’s a travesty that people have forced someone who is gay to have to make their case that they deserve the same basic rights as someone else.”