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

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Overnight Health Care: CDC panel meets on vaccines and heart inflammation | Health officials emphasize vaccine is safe | Judge rules Missouri doesn't have to implement Medicaid expansion Democrats urge Biden to extend moratorium on student loan payments 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.


“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 CuomoCNN insults #MeToo movement, provides happy ending for Jeffrey Toobin Club for Growth bashes CNN in social media ad The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden, Capito meet today as deadline looms 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 SandersSenators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden is keeping the filibuster to have 'a Joe Manchin presidency' On The Money: Biden to fire FHFA director after Supreme Court removes restriction | Yellen pleads with Congress to raise debt ceiling MORE (I-Vt.) in some polling and challenging former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' 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.