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December 11th, 2012
05:07 PM ET

The "three amigos" on the definition of marriage

The film world has a version of "¡Three Amigos!" And the world of politics has a friendly triumvirate too, as Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham have also been categorized in similar fashion to that of their silver screen counterparts, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. This evening, in an interview that features nearly as much drama and humor as the 1986 western comedy, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes the three Senators for a face to face interview from Washington, D.C.

Seated across from political trio, Piers Morgan asks each of them to share their personal perspective on the definition of marriage and gay rights:

"In my state, we’re not going to change the traditional definition of marriage and I would support the traditional definition of marriage not out of hate but out of that I believe that’s just best for society," says Graham, a Republican representing South Carolina. "At the end of the day states will come out differently on this issue and I think that’s the way it should be."

Talking about separate states that have different views – and using an example of New York and South Carolina as provided by Graham – Morgan attempted to further the discussion on freedom:

"Can they both be equal? Can they both espouse equality if actually in one state you can’t get married and in another state you can?" asks the host.

"The Supreme Court will decide that question this term. Really that’s the basic question," notes Lieberman, an Independent from Connecticut. "Is it unconstitutional to prohibit same sex marriage?"

Asked to answer his own question, Lieberman shares his specific belief:

"I think the marriage ought to be decided by the state, so that would mean that some states would have the right to prohibit same sex marriage."

Listening intently, but yet to participate, McCain jumps in:

"That’s the principle of the conservative federalist belief."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in tonight at nine as Morgan and the "three amigos" address the topic of Susan Rice, her role in the post-Benghazi debrief, and her qualifications for Secretary of State.
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  1. Art Carlson

    If you are going to use a movie reference to name Sen. McCain, Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Graham you should use “Meet the Fockers”.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Free media

    How about asking the real questions? Is Richard Silverstein wrong?

    December 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Lynn McCarroll

    Piers, why did you let L. Graham say the religious views of his state dictate what the definition of marriage is? What happenned to the separation on religion and state?

    December 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Stan

    I wish you had asked all 3 if they were aware of "Loving vs Virginia", a case in which the Supreme Court said that "frredom to marry'" belongs to all Americans.
    I also wish you had time to present to all 3 the same discussion you had with Bob Costas re accidental shootings vs shootings to protect the homestead.

    December 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Philip Cabibi

    I find Lindsay Graham's comments on the "definition of marriage" interesting and a typical response from someone of his political party. Interesting because only a few minutes prior when speaking about gun control, he reflected on his childhood in the South and how guns were part of his life and culture. In defending the Second Ammendment he stated, and I quote, "If my individual rights are limited by the sensibilities of others, then I really have no rights."
    Senator Graham, you should think about your words when it comes to a gay couple wanting to get married and exercising their rights. Why are your words ok for you to live by but not good for gay people? Typical hypocracy!

    December 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cheri Richardson

      You are so right. I am from SC, born and raised. I am not gay but I totally agree with you. When it comes to politics, they are big on their rights when it benefits something they enjoy and guns are big in the South. Sometimes I want to leave this State. Another thing, they use religion in politics and don't recognize "separation of church and state".

      December 11, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. david bailey

    the "gateway drug" argument goes like this: " since 90+% of heroin users tried beer first : beer must be a gateway drug and should be illegal". the logical argument goes like this: "since 90+% of people who try beer or pot do not go on to become heroin addicts neither is a "gateway drug".

    December 12, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. jody

    crypt keepers opinions are so predictable-Mc Cain is such a great example of marriageand how to treat a spouse–Lindsey needs to go thump his bible and thank god anyone would marry him-Piers work on your speech impediment-the lisp is annoying-but thanks for pointing out the stupidity of "state" legal choices on marriage.Are these really the idiots we have put in charge of this country/ pitiful.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. andrea

    The real "problem" with gay right activists is they do not have enough lobbyists in Washington. It's a shame that just minutes after yet another tragic shooting, the "amigos" had to recite the nonsense the NRA has been feeding us.
    Senators, we are not in the 18th century any longer, we do not need submachine guns to protect ourselves from the government and, Mr. Graham, if the British were to invade, all the billions we spend in defense should be enoug, no need for civilians to jump in to defend the homeland

    December 12, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Griff.

    "As I told the Daily Express two gays ago. S-tability H-onesty I-ntegrity T-ruth without them You're left with just the initials."

    December 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Griff.

    "We may be aged, but I'de never marry again anyways. She's Mexican, and we both sing on Karaoke."

    December 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Jouapao Vang

    Bad idea put arm guard in school.. Gun only for Government official at WAR. NO VIOLENCE GAMES FOR KIDS EITHER. Kids lean this type of violence in their bedroom and they get out to test it. All this must be STOP IF OBAMA WANTS TO END KILLING.
    Every kids know when their parents keep their guns so after they learn in their bedroom they want to try outside. My kids under 5 only want to be bad guy when they play games. This is bad.

    December 22, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse | Reply

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