John And Elizabeth Edwards Still On The Same Page Despite Split On Gay Marriage

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From The Advocate

There's a split in John Edwards' household over same-sex marriage, but he says his difference of opinion with wife Elizabeth hasn't created any awkward moments.

''It's not the only thing we disagree about,'' the Democratic presidential candidate quipped Monday on ''The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.''

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

Elizabeth Edwards kicked off San Francisco's annual gay pride parade Sunday by declaring her support for legalizing same-sex marriage. ''I don't know why someone else's marriage has anything to do with me,'' she said.

The former North Carolina senator, sitting with his wife on Leno's couch, said he was unaware of her position on same-sex marriage and was surprised to learn about it while reading the newspaper.

Tango’s Take
Uh-oh. Is this a chink in the armor of the vaunted Edwards united front? Probably not. What makes these guys such a great pair is that they are close without appearing to be male-female twins. This was also not a mistake by the Edwards family. John can stand by his ‘southern-man-marriage-is-between- a-man-and-a-woman’ image for part of the constituency while Elizabeth’s stance still holds a glimmer of hope for the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Or they somehow never discussed it. Or she got browbeaten into saying something that she didn’t mean. For more crack analysis of the dynamic between political couples, check out Tango’s feature on Love in The White House.

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