California Congressman John Garamendi,
a strong supporter of gay marriage, on Wednesday turned down Stephen
Colbert's marriage proposal.
Colbert, the host of cabler Comedy
Central's The Colbert Report, dropped
in on the Democratic representative during the show's Better
Know a District
After agreeing that he opposed
California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, Garamendi signaled that
he would support Colbert's decision to marry a man.
“Would you marry me?” Colbert
A surprised Garamendi was left
“I'm not really asking you to marry
me,” Colbert said. “I'm just saying theoretically. If you were
gay and I was gay, would you marry me?”
“I'm not sure you're my type,”
Garamendi answered, then, as Colbert looked crushed, he added, “Don't
take that as an insult. I'm quite happily married.”
“Why should I?” Colbert bristled.
“You get the courage up to ask someone to marry you and they
immediately – don't have to even think about it – they just say
“If you think I'm fat just say so,”
“I have another image in mind,”
“Is it Allan?” Colbert asked.
“No,” Garamendi answered.
“It's Allan,” Colbert insisted,
then added: “Let's move on. You obviously don't want to deal with