Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) drew roaring applause during a CNN LBGT-focused town hall with her response to a hypothetical question about what she would say to a supporter who objects to same-sex marriage.
Her remarks: Warren, one of nine Democratic White House candidates to participate in the event, was responding to a question by Morgan Cox, the chair of the board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign, according to Mediaite.
“Let’s say you’re on the campaign trail,” Cox began, “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?”
“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,” she responded, drawing laughter and applause.
“Assuming you can find one,” Warren added, drawing applause and laughter from the crowd and CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
“You were Republican by party for many years. Was there ever a time that you felt differently about this issue, in particular, about same-sex marriage?” asked Cuomo.
Warren replied: “No, I don’t think so. I don’t remember it. It may have been the case, I don’t have notes from when I was a little kid. That was the basis of the faith that I grew up in. And it truly is about the preciousness of each and every life. It is about the worth of every human being. And I saw this as a matter of faith and saw there were a lot of different people who do a lot of different things who look different from each other, who sound different from each other, who form different kind of families. And I know that back in Oklahoma in those days, there weren’t many people who were out, but the way I grew up, it was gradual. It was the two ladies who lived together and it was just a part of what we understood in the area that I grew up. And the hatefulness frankly always really shocked me, especially for people of faith, because I think the whole foundation is the worth of every single human being. And I get people may make decisions for themselves that are different than the decisions other people make, but those are decisions about you. They are not decisions that tell other people what they can and cannot do.”