Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren received loud applause at CNN's LGBTQ Equality Town Hall in Los Angeles on Thursday when she joked that men who oppose same-sex marriage should "just marry one woman... Assuming you can find one."
Warren was asked how she would respond if an "old-fashioned" supporter said they believe marriage is between one man and one woman.
"I'm going to assume it is a guy who said that," Warren joked. "And I'm going to say, 'Well, then just marry one woman. I'm cool with that.'"
She paused and delivered the punchline: "Assuming you can find one."
QUESTION: Hi, Senator. Thank you for being here. Let's say you're on the campaign trail...
WARREN: I have been.
QUESTION: And you're approached -- you have been in, yes.
WARREN: Yeah. Uh-huh.
QUESTION: And a supporter approaches you and says, Senator, I'm old-fashioned and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman. What is your response?
WARREN: Well, I'm going to assume it's a guy who said that and I'm going to say, "Then just marry one woman. I'm cool with that."
"Assuming you can find one."
CUOMO: Let me ask you a follow on that.
WARREN: A follow-up? Joy kill. All right.
What's your follow-up, Chris?
CUOMO: That's the job. That's the job.
WARREN: OK. Yeah, OK.
CUOMO: You grew up conservative in a conservative household. You were Republican by party for many years. Was there ever a time that you felt differently about this issue, in particular, about same-sex marriage?
WARREN: No, I don't think so. I actually don't remember it. I mean, it may have been the case. I don't -- you know, I don't have notes from when I was a little kid. But I don't.
And that's part of it. I mean, to me, it's about what I learned in the church I grew up in. First song I ever remember singing is, "They are yellow, black, and white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves all the children of the world." And to me...
CUOMO: Can you sing it again?
WARREN: You bet.
You want to harmonize with me on this? But to me, that is the heart of it. That was the basis of the faith that I grew up in. And it truly is about the preciousness of each and every life. It is about the worth of every human being.
And that I saw this as a matter of faith and saw there were a lot of different people who do a lot of different things, who look different from each other, who sound different from each other, who form different kind of families. And I know that back in Oklahoma in those days, there weren't many people who were out. But the way I grew up, it was just gradual.
It was the two ladies who lived together. And it was just a part of what we understood in the area that I grew up. And the hatefulness, frankly, always really shocked me, especially for people of faith, because I think the whole foundation is the worth of every single human being. And I get people may make decisions for themselves that are different than the decisions other people make, but, by golly, those are decisions about you. They are not decisions that tell other people what they can and cannot do.