Real Time With Bill Maher

Season 2 Episode 7

February 27, 2004

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 27, 2004 on HBO

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    • Ian McKellan: President Bush is concerned to preserve the sanctity of marriage. Now, is that the job of a political leader? That's what religious leaders do, isn't it? And then he says that we must preserve marriage as we've known it for a millennium now. Well, he should know that the first relationships between people to be sanctified by the Christian Church were same-sex relationships. That's history.

      Bill Maher: Really?

      Ian McKellan: Oh, yes. Absolutely. And the changes have happened.

      Bill Maher: Well, I know there were popes who were a little..

      Ian McKellan: Can I just quote you the third president, because there it is on the Jefferson Memorial, some of the great words .. and I'm sorry I don't know them off by heart, but he says, 'Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as manners and opinions change, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.' And that's barbarity.

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