msnbc | September 06, 2012
>> acceptance of marriage equality on full display at the dnc, even first lady michelle obama joining in on that chorus. deposition showing support in their platform and giving the lgbt more political clout. joining me now, one of the funniest women in america, wanda sykes . thanks for joining me. as we talk about this in terms of history and given the fact that don't-ask, don't-tell was started under the watch of president bill clinton how do you think he did last night opening act status wise for what we expect to hear from the president tonight?
>> i think he really set the table. he made the case why president obama should get four more years. and now president obama , instead of coming out tonight and, you know, attacking romney, he just has to tell us what we're going to do next. i think president clinton was incredible.
>> as we look back at how the country has changed in just a short period of time and over the last decade, 49% of the country now backs marriage equality , six states plus d.c. now allowing for it if it goes ahead, maryland another state where it's on the ballot this november. even republicans 50% over the age of 35 superimportant it. we had the president come out over the summer and give his endorsement for marriage equality . how do you think that changed hearts and minds especially in the african-american community who learned from the pulpits to feel otherwise.
>> exactly. i mean that was huge. that was huge. i think the only way we were going to move forward and increase those numbers for people who are, you know, are okay with or think we should have marriage equality , it was for the president to stand up and say hey, i'm for this. and this is the way things should be. we all should have the same rights. and i think by him voicing that, that now you're going to have the african-american community going look we want to give this guy four more years even if i'm uncomfortable with, you know, with the marriage equality thing, we get it. it's a civil right, it's equality, and i'm pretty sure people are going to turn out and vote for him because, you know, look at your alternative? do we really want four years of mitt romney ? i mean, i think they can, you know, turn their heads and maybe not -- you don't have to attend the gateway. that's the whole thing. you don't have to get one. it's not mandatory. it's not like -- to me it seemed like gay people are crazy, that you know we go around and canvas the whole neighborhood, come to my big whole gay wedding . it's mandatory. if you don't agree with it, then chances are you don't know anyone who is gay or close to someone who is gay so that even increases your chances of never being invited to a same sex wedding. so, you're cool. you're cool.
>> as we look at north carolina , in charlotte the dnc success held over the summer as well, charlotte voted to add a state constitutional ban against marriage equality for them. we see negative ads popping up around the country, 38 different states have the ban themselves. if we don't get something on a federal level , that sets the bar, that shows the leadership that the rest of the country needs to rise up to, do you think it should be kind of meandering through states hands the next political cycles?
>> no. no. not at all. there's some things you can't allow states to control. your civil rights that are given to you under the constitution is one of them. we would have let states do whatever they wanted to do. there still might be slavery in mississippi. you never know. no. it has to come from the federal level , and i mean -- i got married. i don't want to be driving from state to state and go okay welcome to virginia. oh, don't touch me, we're not married here. it's ridiculous. it should be across the board.
>> one thing i'm excited about tomorrow night we'll sit down and tape a special for logo. it's called the "new now next vote with wanda sykes " and election special where you're looking through the lgbtprism of things. what do you hope to accomplish?
>> i thought it would being a great for logo to have a show that was not about drag queens . but also i just think it's very important that logo gets -- has something to talk about the election and to present the ideas and platforms of each party, cut through all the rhetoric, cut through the lies and say okay this is what you're going to get with this guy, this is what you're going to get with this guy. now go vote.
>> a great night. i look forward to it. thanks. wanda sykes , mom, wife, funny lady , renaissance woman for everyone. thanks again. i just want to point out that logo special, it's going to air on september 109 th at 10:00 p.m . eastern. we'll remind you