Melbourne, May 23 : US Presidential hopeful John McCain and Ellen DeGeneres went head-to-head on the issue of gay marriage during her television talk show.
Although the Republican candidate was politically polite, he defended his views on marriage by saying he believed it was reserved only for a man and a woman.
"I just believe in the unique status of marriage between man and woman.nd I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue," The Daily Telegraph quoted McCain, as saying.
It comes as DeGeneres recently announced that she and DeRossi plan to wed after the California Supreme Court ruled in favour of gay marriage.
The 50-year-old told McCain that same-sex couples deserved the opportunity to marry.
"It just feels like there is this old way of thinking that we are not all the same," she said.
"We are all the same people, all of us - you're no different than I am. Our love is the same," she added.
McCain would not commit to DeGeneres's jesting proposal that he walk her down the aisle, but the two ended their dialogue on friendly terms.
"I, along with many, many others, wish you every happiness," McCain said.