Ever the advocate for gay parent adoptions, Rosie O'Donnell, went head to head with former Gov. Mike Huckabee.
The conversation took place on O'Donnell's SirusXM show on Saturday. From the Daily News:
The possible Republican presidential candidate for 2012 enraged his detractors earlier this month by saying he opposed gay adoption because "children are not puppies."
Huckabee tried for a softer tone during his back-and-forth with the gay mom on her Sirius radio show. "What I'm saying is that I think the ideal environment for children is in a relationship that has both a mother and a father," Huckabee told O'Donnell, acknowledging that he had supported a constitutional amendment banning gay adoption in Arkansas.
O'Donnell, of course, wasn't hearing any of it.
"I'm mentioning that there are half a million kids in foster care in America," countered O'Donnell. "To have public officials deem homosexuals unworthy of parenting is disastrous for the nation, for equality and for humanity and, Mike, for Christianity."
Their debate turned personal at times with O'Donnell insisting his position pained her.
"I've spent my life, Mike, dedicated to taking care of the children that other people don't want," said O'Donnell.
"This has been the focus of my life, so it's very, very painful to hear a heterosexual man who was at one time a pastor disparage my very essence just because of my sexual orientation."
Huckabee fought back, arguing, "That's not my intention. I have great respect for your choices."
"Your children are very fortunate," he added at one point.