(CNSNews.com) - At a CNN-hosted town hall on LGBTQ equality Thursday night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), was asked how she would respond to a religious person who believes in marriage as it has been defined for centuries:
"And a supporter approaches you and says, Senator, I'm old-fashioned and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman. What is your response," an audience member (the chairman of the board of the Human Rights Campaign) asked the senator.
Warren told him, "Well, I'm going to assume it's a guy who said that. And I'm going to say, then just marry one woman. I'm cool with that." She paused for applause. "Assuming you can find one," she snarked, drawing even louder laugher.
Moderator Chris Cuomo followed up, noting that Warren "grew conservative up in a conservative household." He asked her if there was ever a time when she "felt differently" about LGBTQ equality and same-sex marriage:
"No, I don't think so," Warren said.
"I actually don't remember it. It may have been the case. You know, I don't have notes from when I was a little kid. But I don't.
"And that's part of it. I mean, to me it's about what I learned in the church I grew up in. First song I ever remember singing is, "They are yellow, black, white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves all the children of the world."
Cuomo joked, "Can you sing it again?"
"You bet," Warren responded. "You want to harmonize with me on this?
But to me, that is the heart of it -- that was the basis of the faith that I grew up in. And it truly is about the preciousness of each and every life. It is about the worth of every human being.
And that I saw this as a matter of faith and saw there were a lot of different people who do a lot of different things, who look different from each other, who sound different from each other, who form different kind of families.
And I know that back in Oklahoma in those days, there weren't many people who were out, but the way I grew up, it was just gradual. It was the two ladies who lived together and it was just a part of what we understood in the area that I grew up.
And the hatefulness, frankly, always really shocked me, especially for people of faith because I think the whole foundation is the worth of every single human being. And I get -- people may make decisions for themselves that are different than the decisions that other people make, but by golly, those are decisions about you. They are not decisions that tell other people what they can and cannot do.