Leno Mocks Opponents of Gay Marriage, CBS Highlights Quote
The traditional understanding of marriage is just another punchline to Jay Leno and CBS.
Leno declared that those who wish to defend the sanctity of marriage should âban Kardashian weddings.â CBS apparently thought that Lenoâs crack was too good to pass up, highlighting Lenoâs quote on at the start of its February 8 âCBS This Morningâ show.
In his opening monologue on the February 7 âTonight Show,â Jay Leno expressed support for gay marriage: âA huge victory for gay rights. A federal appeals court today ruled that California cannot ban same sex marriage. Hereâs my feeling, let me tell you. If you want to respect the sanctity of marriage, ban Kardashian weddings. Ok, why donât you ban those? Those do more damageâŠâ
The February 8 CBS âThis Morningâ show touted Jay Lenoâs joke mocking the sanctity of marriage in its âEye Openerâ segment, quoting this line: âIf you want to respect the sanctity of marriage, ban Kardashian weddings.â
CBS, which previously invited a guest on who attacked traditional marriage by declaring it a âmorality cage,â is now touting sophomoric jokes bashing supporters of traditional marriage for not respecting marriage.
Ironically, one of the homosexual couples who first pushed for homosexual marriage in California in 2008 is now filing for divorce.
CBSâ use of Lenoâs quote wasnât the only way in which CBS signaled its support for same sex marriage. Leno was referencing a recent decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which declared Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, âworks a meaningful harm to gays and lesbians.â CBS âEvening Newsââ coverage of the Proposition 8 ruling was skewed in favor of the courtâs decision, quoting 2 supporters of gay marriage and one opponent in a segment about the ruling.
By contrast, NBC and ABC gave comparatively balanced views on the ruling. NBC âNightly Newsâsâ segment on the overturning of Prop 8 read from the ruling, and featured one supporter and one opponent of the ruling. ABCâs âWorld News Tonightâ did only a short, factual segment on the ruling.