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Warren response to gay marriage question: 'Just marry one woman'

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans Democrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agenda MORE (D-Mass.) received loud applause at a CNN town hall event Thursday night with a quip about opponents of same-sex marriage who say that marriage should be “between one man and one woman.”

In an exchange with an official with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) over what she would say to a supporter who said they were “old fashioned” and were against gay marriage, Warren responded with a joke that quickly took fire on Twitter.

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“Let's say you're on the campaign trail ... 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?” Morgan Cox, chairman of the HRC's board of directors, asked Warren.

"Well, I'm going to assume it's a guy who said that," Warren began, to laughter. "And I'm gonna say, 'Then just marry one woman. I'm cool with that.'"

After waiting for initial applause to die down, Warren interjected again: "Assuming you can find one."

The second remark, which was met with surprised laughter from the audience and town hall moderator Chris CuomoChris CuomoAs Trump steps back in the spotlight, will Cuomo exit stage left? The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Chris Cuomo criticized for hypocrisy after he says he won't cover brother's controversy MORE, quickly took off on social media and was retweeted by prominent LGBTQ accounts including that of Megan Rapinoe, captain of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team.

 

Warren has remained a top-tier candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in recent weeks, surging ahead of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Democrats cut deals to bolster support for relief bill Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case MORE (I-Vt.) in some polling and challenging former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE for the status of front-runner.

Her campaign announced the second-largest fundraising haul of the 2020 Democrats following the most recent filing deadline, trailing Sanders but leading Biden by nearly $10 million.