Elizabeth Edwards made a much-publicized appearance at San Francisco’s gay pride this weekend. Elizabeth got all political and shit when she lent her support to gay marriage:
I don’t know why somebody else’s marriage has anything to do with me. I’m completely comfortable with gay marriage… It seems to me we’re making issues of things that honestly… don’t matter.
Edwards made sure to distance herself from her husband, presidential candidate John Edwards, who supports civil unions, not marriage.
Speaking at the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club’s pride breakfast, Edwards told the 300-strong crowd:
John believes that couples in committed long-term relationships should enjoy the same rights, benefits and responsibilities regardless of whether they are straight couples or same-sex couples. He supports civil unions.
John has been pretty clear about it, that he is very conflicted. He has a deeply held belief against any form of discrimination, but that’s up against his being raised in the 1950s in a rural southern town. I think honestly he’s on a road with a lot of people in this country are on….They’re struggling with this. Most of the gay and lesbian people I know… have seen their friends and family walking down that same road. “It’s frustrating, I know, but it’s a long distance from where we are now to the pews of a Southern Baptist church. So, John’s been as honest as he can about that.
While it’s certainly nice Elizabeth took some time out to show her gay-friendly pride – the first time a candidate’s wife’s made such an appearance – it’s too bad she had to spend so much time apologizing for her husband’s stance. She did, however, reiterate that Johnny Boy’s all about dismantling Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. That’s something, right??