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Thursday, February 26, 2004
President's Proposed Amendment Spurs Rosie to Marry

Rosie O’Donnell arrived in San Francisco today to take on a new role: loving wife. Her inspiration to get married? President Bush.

O’Donnell says that after seeing the President call for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, she decided to tie the knot. This morning on "Good Morning America," she had a strong message for the first family: "I would like to tell Laura bush and her husband I find this proposed amendment to be very, very, very, very, very shocking. And immoral."

Stating that she was "stunned" and "horrified," former talk-show host O’Donnell called Bush's comments about gay marriage "the most vile and hateful words ever spoken by a sitting president."

In San Francisco, Rosie will marry her girlfriend Kelli Carpenter in the most high-profile of the more than 3,000 same-sex weddings to occur in that city since February 12th. The two have been together for more than six years and are raising four children together.

Rosie says she and Carpenter applied for spousal privilege in New York, where they live, and it was denied by the state.

O’Donnell sees the San Francisco marriages as a way of changing society for the better. "If civil disobedience is the way to go about change, then I think a lot of people will be going to San Francisco," she said on GMA. "And I hope they put more people on the steps to marry as many people as show up. And I hope everyone shows up."

The thousands of gay couples marrying in San Francisco have stirred a nationwide debate. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is against the practice. California State courts are weighing the legality of the San Francisco unions, while city officials nonetheless continue to perform the weddings.

But, as Rosie told "Extra" at the premiere of her play "Taboo," she can handle anything: "I’m alright. You know in the scheme of my life, I have a good life."

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