Kelli Carpenter and Rosie O'DonnellWaiting to RemarryScoop: They wed in 2004, but that marriage was nullified by California's high court. Now, that same panel has changed their minds but O'Donnell says she and Carpenter will wait until gay marriage is "legal everywhere."
By MICHAEL WEINFELD, AP
Posted: 2008-06-05 16:30:04
NEW YORK (June 5) - Ellen DeGeneres is doing it. So is George Takei. But Rosie O'Donnell isn't jumping at the chance to walk down the aisle.
O'Donnell and her girlfriend, Kelli Carpenter, were married four years ago when the mayor of San Francisco allowed same-sex marriages. The California Supreme Court later declared such marriages invalid.Now the state's highest court has ruled that denying same-sex marriages was discriminatory, and many gay and lesbian couples, including DeGeneres and girlfriend Portia de Rossi and Takei and his partner, Brad Altman, are planning to tie the knot.O'Donnell told AP Radio that she and Carpenter are "going to wait until it's legal everywhere, because otherwise, I said to Kelli, we'll be going around touring the country on the marriage tour every state by state.""Once it gets to be at the federal level, once every state recognizes the marriages of every other state, I think that'll be the time we would do it," the 46-year-old comedian said.Asked if she thought that time was near, O'Donnell replied, "Yes.""The same way it was illegal for black and white people to marry at one point and people couldn't conceive of that ever being different, I do think that two consenting, law-abiding adults who want to share their life together should be allowed to do that," she said.