Clay Aiken Defends Gay Marriage on 'Face the Nation'

Celebrity Apprentice contestant Clay Aiken was not under Donald Trump's orders when he appeared on Face the Nation over the weekend to defend gay marriage.

The former American Idol runner-up, 33, was a guest on the Mother's Day broadcast of CBS' political talk show, in which the singer sat on a panel about the President's recent announcement supporting gay marriage.

Wearing a tailored suit, Aiken was surprisingly eloquent -- especially considering the Sunday political shows are not exactly as easy for a celebrity as the late-night talk-show circuit.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Aiken held his own on the panel with Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council (which staunchly opposes gay marriage); Ted Olsen, former solicitor general under President Bush and head counsel for the federal case attempting to strike down California's Proposition 8; Republican campaign strategist Mark McKinnon; and same-sex marriage activist Evan Wolfson.

Even when the anti-gay-marriage pundits cited "natural law" and the fact that gay marriage would force churches to acknowledge marriages they don't believe are sanctioned by God, the North Carolina native calmly retorted that churches already pick and choose which marriages they consider valid.

"When my mother married my stepfather, she went to a Baptist church and said she had been divorced. They wouldn't let her get married there. So churches are able to decide who gets married at a church," he said.

Maybe after Celebrity Apprentice is finished, Aiken should consider giving politics a try. If he could survive weekly criticism from Trump and Simon Cowell -- how hard could it be to handle political pundits and rivals?

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