Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and wife Elizabeth appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and acknowledged the obvious: They disagree over same-sex marriage. But some reports indicate the candidate only discovered the high-profile split after reading news reports.
On Sunday, you'll recall that Elizabeth Edwards kicked off Gay Pride in San Francisco by speaking to some 300-plus people at the Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club’s pride breakfast and remarking, "I don't know why someone else's marriage has anything to do with me. I'm completely comfortable with gay marriage."
Last night on Leno, the candidate expressed surprise. At least according to the Associated Press:
The former North Carolina senator, with his wife at his side on Leno's couch, said he was unaware of her position on gay marriage and was surprised to learn about it while reading the newspaper.
"A lot of people I love and care about feel the same way Elizabeth does," Edwards said. "I'm very strong about ending discrimination against gay and lesbian couples. But I'm not quite where Elizabeth is yet," he added.
Compare this to a joint December 31, 2006 appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, when the host asked Elizabeth "whether she was pro same-sex marriage, she responded, 'Well, it's not particularly important whether I am, but I guess I come from a more eclectic background and so it’s less problematic, I think, probably for me.' "
"It's not the only thing we disagree about," the Democratic presidential candidate joked last night on Jay Leno."She actually says what she thinks."
You could say that again.