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Jon Stewart takes on the HRC/LOGO presidential forum

by David Edwards and Muriel Kane

(VIA Raw Story) - Jon Stewart reported Tuesday's on the Democratic candidates' appearance at a gay issues forum, saying "The Democratic candidates were trying to reassure the gay community how much they support them, while reassuring the rest of the country that they they don't completely support them."

Stewart then showed various responses to a question about gay marriage, accompanied by a golf metaphor. Clinton explained her opposition by saying, "I prefer to think of it as being very positive about civil unions," while Obama answered, "I am a strong supporter, not of a weak version of civil unions but of a strong version." Both of these were visualized as near misses. However, Edwards said flatly, "I do not support same-sex marriage," which the Daily Show visualized as being stuck in a bunker.

Kucinich, however, after being told by the Logo panel, "You're one of just two candidates who fully supports same-sex marriage," responded, "This is really a question of whether you really believe in equality." The Daily Show visualized this as sinking a putt, followed by a clip of Rodney Dangerfield yelling, 'We're all going to get laid!"

Bill Richardson, however, flubbed badly by calling homosexuality a "choice," a remark which he explained the next day by saying he "didn't understand the question because of jet lag."

Stewart concluded that "the Logo forum may not have changed any candidates' positions of voters' minds, but it was still useful for something. Namely, it provided a number of moments and phrases that taken out of context were construable as gay sexual innuendo. And so, without further ado, I give you The Daily Show's most immature montage ever."

The following video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast on August 14.


Originally published on Wednesday August 15, 2007.

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