As the polarizing discussion of gay marriage continues to dominate the news cycle, on Wednesday, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a host of experts, celebrities, and insiders to share opinions and insight on the nation's most-topical social issue.
Following Barack Obama's statement of support, actor and comedian Lewis Black expressed disbelief in the delay, wondering why it's taken so long for the country to come to this conclusion:
"About five years ago it was like I had done all the material what else - do we really have to go through all of this?" asked Black. "The gay couples I know have some of the longest relationships that I know. A lot of it I think is ignorance and I really believe that...This isn't a choice. If it were a choice I would understand them...People don't go 'Boy I'd like to be ostracized, excluded, I'd like to be bullied.' It's absurd!"
Meanwhile, on the heels of North Carolina's recent referendum banning same-sex marriage, Tarheel-state resident Clay Aiken joined Piers Morgan with mixed emotions surrounding the week's developments:
"It is a little bittersweet. I'm in North Carolina, and as a North Carolinian, was really disappointed with the way the amendement initiative vote went yesterday here in North Carolina," shared the "American Idol" runner-up. "But, it's very promising to hear President Obama finally come up and speak out on something that's so important."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Black and Aiken share candid commentary on the conflict between Wednesday's news from Washington, and Tuesday's amendment in North Carolina.