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Rosie O’Donnell Claims Her Marriage Was an Act of Defiance

posted at 12:32 pm on August 8, 2010 by

Gay marriage, we are told by members of the gay community and their liberal supporters, is all about love—about a chance to experience matrimonial bliss. OK, if you’re heterosexual and married, you can stop laughing now.

It is undoubtedly true that some same-sex couples view the act of matrimony as an expression of a deeper and more lasting commitment than can be derived through mere cohabitation.

But is is true for all? Could it be the case that some gays in this country are exploiting the gay marriage debate—using it as just another vehicle for flouting their alternative lifestyle and sticking it to the establishment?

It is not only possible. It is a certainty for one gay American: Rosie O’Donnell.

Yesterday, on her satellite radio program, O’Donnell freely admitted that her 2004 marriage to then-girlfriend Kelli Carpenter was nothing more than a political statement. The intended recipient of the message was no less than the leader of the establishment, George Bush. As O’Donnell told her radio audience (audio follows):

George Bush, in the middle of a war, had an all-station news conference to announce how horrible it was for the safety of America that gay people were getting married in San Francisco, which pissed me off enough to get on a plane and go get married.

It was like an act of … defiance … If you’re gonna count up everybody who you think is not of value and round ’em all up and slap a pink triangle on ’em.

I just felt like I wanted to be counted amongst the people who [some] were saying were unworthy and not allowed to have the same rights as everyone else.

O’Donnell, far from the sharpest knife in the drawer, may have let the cat slip out of the bag, but you have to admire her candor. Her admission does raise the trenchant question of how many other gay couples are in the fight just to flout the system?

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We knew it then Rosie, we know it now, and we don’t care. Defiance through love can be an awesome thing, but you could have easily done it with a civil union. Exaggerating Bush’s push for the DMA to Nazi-like levels only further destroys your credibility, but we’ve come to expect that from you.

thebrokenrattle on August 8, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Well, I guess that made her significant other feel soooo very loved.

Robert17 on August 8, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Gender roles are an inherent part of marriage contracts and cannot be “neutralized” no matter how people vote or judges rule. That’s a biology thing, not a bigotry thing. And to think otherwise is self-deception.

miles on August 9, 2010 at 12:04 AM

Well, I guess that made her significant other feel soooo very loved.

Robert17 on August 8, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Yeah. Poor Kelli Carpenter. 🙁 I don’t know anything about her, but reading that makes me feel sorry for her. Of course, the poor woman must not be quite right in the head — what sane man, woman, or creature would want to marry Rosie O’Donnell anyway???

Mary in LA on August 9, 2010 at 12:44 AM

I know my marriage… 30 years ago… was a political statement! Isn’t everybody thinking about politics on their wedding day?

Her admission does raise the trenchant question of how many other gay couples are in the fight just to flout the system?

I think most, if not all.

They have already won the argument with civil unions. The fact that they still persist is proof of their attempt to destroy a point of religious doctrine with which they disagree.

They have so clouded the real issues that they will probably win the “right”. But they won’t ever win the argument because the essence of the argument is not political it is religious.

They can change the doctrines of man, but they can’t change the mind of God.

They have created their own personal Hell with their own choice…they did not necessarily choose their same sex attraction but they have chosen their reaction to it… and therein lies the conflict with God.

The wailing and gnashing of teeth has only just begun. And no human law will stop it.

petunia on August 9, 2010 at 12:20 PM

What kind of 12 year old mentality decides to marry because it’s an act of defiance? Who does that?

don’t you marry for like, love and stuff, not because you’re trying to flout your Daddy/Mommy/Authority issues?

What a child.

Reminds me of the guy who wanted to date me so that he could take “The Jew” home to the family and see their reaction. Needles to say, my reaction was not all that mature It involved a threat about 3 inch stiletto heel up a a certain body part.

mjk on August 9, 2010 at 12:42 PM

O’Donnell, far from the sharpest knife in the drawer

Few actors are.
(Though, obviously, that number is larger than zero)

Count to 10 on August 9, 2010 at 1:39 PM

What kind of 12 year old mentality decides to marry because it’s an act of defiance? Who does that?

don’t you marry for like, love and stuff, not because you’re trying to flout your Daddy/Mommy/Authority issues?

What a child.
mjk on August 9, 2010 at 12:42 PM

You know, I’m pretty sure that was what “Romeo and Juliet” was about, to some extent.

Count to 10 on August 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM

petunia on August 9, 2010 at 12:20 PM

It’s not just against religious doctrine — there are plenty of reasons to think that we shouldn’t be endorsing same-sex pairings without resorting to religious arguments.

Count to 10 on August 9, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Yeah, RoDo. You keep raging against that there machine, guy.

ZK on August 10, 2010 at 11:20 AM


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