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John Edwards and wife Elizabeth debate marriage equality
John Edwards and wife Elizabeth debate marriage equality
Wife says she supports marriage for Gays during Seattle stop

by Liz Meyer - SGN Staff Writer

That married people can offer divergent views on marriage equality might seem as ground-breaking, as, say, the news that they also occasionally squabble over money issues.

But when the husband and wife in question are trying to become the President and First Lady of the United States, people tend to pay a little more attention to the discussion.

While Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, like the rest of the major presidential candidates, does not support marriage equality, his wife, Elizabeth, has come out in full support of Gay marriage.

She first broached the subject Sunday while taking part in San Francisco's Pride parade.

"I'm completely comfortable with Gay marriage," said Elizabeth Edwards. A former lawyer, she currently serves as one of her husband's top political consultants.

She later cemented her position on marriage equality during a stop in Seattle, saying it "will not be an issue" when her 25-year-old daughter's generation has the White House.

Meanwhile, John Edwards maintained the position he's held since announcing his candidacy, saying that he supports civil unions, but "isn't quite where Elizabeth is yet" on marriage equality.

"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."

The couple appeared together on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Monday night to joke about the situation.

"She actually says what she thinks," Edwards said.

The marriage equality debate certainly hasn't been in the forefront of Edward's campaign thus far. Rather, the former North Carolina Senator has attempted to position himself as the Democratic candidate most serious about a withdrawal of U.S. forces in Iraq.

He currently sits in third place in the Democratic presidential polls behind Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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