Just days before the October debate, Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Los Angeles to participate in a LGBTQ Town Hall hosted by the Human Rights Campaign and CNN. The night was a chance for a number of candidates to show their grasp on LGBTQ issues, but the only candidate crowding my Twitter feed after the event was Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
During the town hall, Warren received one question from Morgan Cox, chair of the Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors, that she basically answered with the fire emoji.
The exchange went a little something like this:
Cox: Let’s say you're on the campaign trail and a supporter approaches you and says, “Senator, I’m old fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman.” What is your response?
Warren: Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that. And I’m going to say, “Then just marry one woman. I’m cool with that.”
Warren: Assuming you can find one.
And just like that Warren made three excellent points: A person's individual faith shouldn't dictate another person's life, a question rooted in hate isn't deserving of a serious answer, AND wanting to deny people their human rights is not an attractive look.
As mentioned, Twitter couldn't get enough of the Senator's joke, with one person even tweeting, "Warren’s going to be the nominee, isn’t she"
It’s weird how little this gets said considering how important it is but:Elizabeth Warren is very good at running for President. https://t.co/6XDizifQ4xOctober 11, 2019
I saw the text of Elizabeth Warren's joke floating around but it's so much funnier when you hear her say it herself. https://t.co/V37IRCbY4pOctober 11, 2019
New life goal: learn to professional burn as easily as Elizabeth Warren. 🔥 https://t.co/qfildbLRLeOctober 11, 2019
After her joke, CNN reports that Warren also gave a more serious answer about the role faith plays in LGBTQ issues. She said, "I think the whole foundation (of faith) is the worth of every single human being. I get people may make decisions for themselves that are different than the decisions other people make. But, by golly, those are decisions about you. They are not decisions that tell other people what they can and cannot do."
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