Bil Browning

Follow Up: Signorile & Rosie on gay Republicans

Filed By Bil Browning | November 09, 2010 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: election 2010, gay Republicans, Michelangelo Signorile, mid-term elections, voting Republican

The day after Michelangelo Signorile took phone calls on his radio show from gays who voted Republican in the recent election, he opened up his lines to people who wanted to comment on those calls. One listener tells Mike how he used to feel the same as the previous days' callers until he heard Rosie O'Donnell on Mike's show talking about how Evan Wolfson from Freedom To Marry helped her to put it all in perspective.

And then Rosie calls in...

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"Even if you don't want to get married, you still should be afforded the same legal rights, and the only way to do that is to allow us to be equally married."

So unmarried couples should have the same legal rights as married couples. And the only way to ensure that they do is to get married. Huh?

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | November 10, 2010 2:48 AM

Hospital recognition of your rights to access and decision making for your partner, legal equality in court, and job security.

I am reminded of why I chose to be self employed and leave the country I still love.

Aubrey Haltom | November 10, 2010 12:01 PM

@SamPQ I heard Rosie's comment a little differently than you. What I heard was 'even if you don't want to get married' you should still have the same legal rights (to marry or not).

Our relationships should be on equal legal standing with a heterosexual relationship.

A hetero couple can decide to marry, with all the attendant legal benefits, or not (and then still qualify for those benefits in some states).

A same sex couple does not have those same options, at least in 45 (?) states. And even in those states that recognize same sex marriage, the federal govt. does not.

And that inequality affects you legally whether you are married or not (though most of us might not be sued and have our partner 'forced' to testify).

That's what I heard Rosie say.