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Stewart: Now straight people can have the same lack of rights same sex couples never had

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President Barack Obama made history on Wednesday when he endorsed same sex marriage in an interview with ABC News. On Tuesday night, “The Daily Show” had a good laugh about the president’s “evolving” marriage stance, then on Wednesday night had a good laugh at themselves for jumping the gun on the president’s announcement.

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“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart welcomed the audience’s enthusiastic response to the marriage equality news and called it “a symbolic victory that can in no way be dampened by the codifying of bigotry in…let’s say…the state where the Democrats are going to be holding their convention.”

Stewart was referring to North Carolina’s Amendment One, the latest state measure outlawing not just same sex marriage, but also domestic partnerships or any conferring of spousal benefits to anyone other than married heterosexual men and women. As some have noted, this creates a certain amount of “collateral damage” in that straight couples who seek civil unions or domestic partnerships will be denied as well.

“But you know,” said Stewart, “That is a step towards equality, since many opposite-sex couples will now enjoy the same lack of rights same-sex couples have always never had.”

Watch the clip, embedded via Comedy Central, below:

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