Answers for Colleen...
One of the blogs that I read all the time is Colleen's Loose Leaf Notes. In my comments about seeing the candidates the other day, she asked me:
"What was Peter Coyote doing there with them? You're not going to tell us what you asked him?"
It seems that Peter Coyote is part of the "Hollywood" contingent that is supporting John Edwards. He stated something to the effect that "they are hitting the campaign trail" to show their support. He was the one to introduce Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Brown.
Bonnie Raitt, then in turn, introduced Elizabeth and the daughter (whose name escapes me), and Elizabeth spoke for about five or ten minutes and introduced John Edwards.
What did I ask John Edwards? I believe my exact question was:
"What do you intend to do about the rights that are being denied to same-sex couples?" I mentioned a few: Emergency Room policies, Social Security death benefits, and Retirement pensions.
He stated that I had only touched the surface - that there are over 1,000 benefits that same-sex couples are denied! He wants that to end...and will work towards having "civil unions" be recognized in all 50 states, get rid of "Don't ask, don't tell", and DOMA.
There were a quite a few people in the audience that must have wanted answers to that question...because when I asked it - they applauded and really applauded at his answer.