On Wednesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to detail a day which he described as "extraordinary."
With the nation looking on, President Barack Obama publicly voiced his support for gay marriage, an endorsement felt worldwide. It's a topic that "Piers Morgan Tonight" has been following for more than a year.
The host himself has never hidden his personal support for same-sex marriages. But he's also tried to encourage intelligent and responsible debate:
"I fully respect the views of those, who like the President, have wrestled with the dilemma, particularly those who, again like Barack Obama, have done so on religious grounds."
With a nod towards guests who've reacted to both sides of the social issue, Morgan then reviewed some recently quotable clips:
"Do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't," said Kirk Cameron, in early March.
Last June, actress Charlize Theron had a different opinion: "It's a divine right," she said of marriage. "When government starts to tell us who can love and what is good love...I do have a problem with that"
As North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage on Tuesday, Tony Perkins addressed the prospect of one of his children being gay:
"We would have a conversation about it," said the President of The Family Research Council. "I doubt that would happen with my children as we are teaching them the right ways that they are to interact as human beings."
And on Friday, Cynthia Nixon represented the other side:
"I certainly would like to see a bit more grit in terms of gay issues, in terms of LGBT issues," said the openly gay actress.
For the host, meanwhile, Wednesday's statement by Obama is an indication of national progress, as not since the days of a racially divided America has such a social issue been so divisive. And the specific source of Wednesday's support is certainly significant, if not ironic:
"Today, a black American President declared his fulsome, unequivocal support for gay marriage," reminded the "Piers Morgan Tonight host. "Both those things would have seemed utterly unthinkable in the '60s."
"Only in America," insisted Morgan: "That's how far America has come. And I salute all those who have helped it happen."
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