May 10, 2012 at 9:16 AM ET
Yesterday, President Obama became the first sitting president to speak out in favor of same-sex marriage, and the importance of the moment wasn’t lost on late-night hosts.
"The president of the United States is gay … friendly!" Jon Stewart began Wednesday night on the “Daily Show.” And somehow, he decided, Mitt Romney deserves credit for it.
Though Stewart (and his audience) applauded the president for the positive step towards equal rights, the host didn't have such kind words for the state of North Carolina, which just passed an amendment that bans gay marriage and more. In fact, the new amendment bans civil unions and domestic partnerships in the state for heterosexual couples, as well.
"That’s also a step towards equality," Stewart joked. "The straight couples will now enjoy the same lack of rights that gay couples always never had."
Stewart then pulled out a hefty dictionary to explore the historic meaning of marriage, which isn’t a very flattering one, as it likens the tradition to a “transfer of property – such as livestock or daughters.”
Meanwhile, on “Report,” host Stephen Colbert wasn’t as excited about the “gay-maggedon” that he claimed President Obama ignited in “pushing that rainbow button.” He suggested the president only did it with a political agenda, one he’s taking to the Democratic convention this summer in North Carolina. But now that the state has struck down that whole marriage equality thing, which some celebrated with wedding cake, Colbert's busy celebrating the effort to defend traditional male and female body-part unions.
“You just dream of that special day when you can find your soul mate,” a suddenly teary-eyed Colbert began, “and together you can celebrate your love of denying people their rights.”
What Colbert loves most about North Carolina’s new amendment, he said, is that preventing people from the legal right to marry not only protects traditional straight marriage, “it also helps preserve traditional straight stereotypes of gayness.”
And then he launched into a few colorful stereotypes of his own.