Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (May 23, 2008)

Yesterday on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, just a week after Ellen DeGeneres announced that she and Portia de Rossi plan to get married later this year now that same-sex marriage is legal in California, she sat down with Republican presidential candidate John McCain and asked him why he didn’t support same-sex marriage.

Looking visibly uncomfortable, McCain told her, “I just believe in the unique status of marriage between and man and a woman, and I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue.”

“Respectful”? In what way is homophobia respectful?

Though she didn’t used the word discrimination, Ellen then schooled him in voting rights, reminding him that women and blacks weren’t always given the right to vote, either. “We are all the same people, all of us,” Ellen said. “You’re no different than I am. Our love is the same. When someone says, ‘You can have a contract, and you’ll still have insurance, and you’ll get all that,’ it sounds to me like saying, ‘Well, you can sit there, you just can’t sit there.'”

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McCain, you see, supports the rights of same-sex couples to enter into “legal agreements” so they can have insurance and stuff (woohoo! come to my reception to celebrate getting insurance!), but he doesn’t support them in getting married. He did tell Ellen that he wishes her “every happiness,” to which she responded, “So, you’ll walk me down the aisle?”

Everybody laughed then, because the chance of McCain escorting Ellen to her nuptials is about as likely as the Democratic nominee for president being decided by the time you read this.

But let’s not forget that neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton — both of whom have plenty of experience with discrimination — support same-sex marriage, either. I know, I know, we can’t expect our presidential candidates to champion equality or fight bigotry. That’s what Ellen’s for.

Back in February, Rosie O’Donnell and Fran Drescher announced that they were planning to work together on a television sitcom. More news on that sitcom surfaced this week in New York Newsday‘s excellently titled piece, “Rosie O’Donnell, Fran Drescher combine for TV’s whiniest sitcom?

The sitcom, tentatively titled The New Thirty, will be about high school friends living in the same Manhattan apartment building who are on the verge of midlife crises. Drescher told In Touch Weekly: “It’s kind of Sex and the City but we ain’t getting any. It’ll probably be more like The Odd Couple. I’ll be Oscar and [Rosie will] be Felix.”

Photo credits: Rob Loud/Getty Images (O’Donnell)
and Joe Corrigan/Getty Images (Drescher)

Wow. It’s No Sex and the City. Sounds like just about every other network TV show with a lesbian on it!