Elizabeth Warren’s response to a question about same-sex marriage was pure, smart, and comedy gold
Nine of the Democratic candidates for president stopped by the CNN Equality Town Hall this week and had clear, concise answers about a variety of topics impacting the LGBTQ community, but it was Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s answer to a question about same-sex marriage that got the attention of millions.
In a clip from the televised forum that has quickly gone viral, the 2020 Democratic hopeful responded to a question by Morgan Cox, Chair for the Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors, who asked what her response would be if someone came up to her on the campaign trail and said they believe that “marriage is between one man and one woman.”
“I’m going to assume a guy said that,” Warren quipped. “And I’m going to say: Just marry one woman. I’m cool with that.” The crowd burst into laughter, cheering Warren who waited for a beat, then added, “Assuming you can find one.” Bless.
People’s responses on Twitter are singing her praises as well:
The issues facing members of the LGBTQ community are more important than ever. Many positive movements towards equality made under former President Barack Obama have been slowed, stopped, or reversed altogether by the Trump administration. At the LGBTQ-focused CNN town hall, Kamala Harris said she would appoint a chief advocate for LGBTQ affairs, Pete Buttigieg promised to pass the Equality Act and would ban conversion therapy, and Warren herself wrote a plan in advance of the event stating that she would secure LGBTQ rights and equality.
Throughout the Town Hall, The Supreme Court’s decision whether a civil rights law protects LGBTQ people from employment discrimination was brought up again and again. The Trump administration’s response to workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is that “Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination because of sex does not bar discrimination because of sexual orientation. The ordinary meaning of ‘sex’ is biologically male or female; it does not include sexual orientation,” leaving employers able to fire an employee based on their sexual orientation.
Warren’s response provided some much needed comic relief from what is serious, life-changing legislation on the line for the LGBTQ community. It also pointed out the absurdity that who someone chooses to marry is up for conversation at all. These are archaic notions held by people who feel, because of religion or their own faith-based beliefs, that how they live should be required for everyone else as well, and she did so with enough grace and humor to drive that point home.
It remains to be seen who will rise to the top to become the Democratic Presidental nominee, but it’s clear Warren would be a clear favorite for many in any debate moving forward.