Caitlyn Jenner makes clear she’s for gay marriage
Caitlyn Jenner’s lukewarm endorsement of same-sex marriage during an appearance of The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week baffled many – including the host.
But in a WhoSay column posted earlier today, Jenner tries harder to leave no doubt about where she stands on the issue.
‘Like many people, there was a time when I didn’t realize how important it is for gay couples to have the right to get married,’ she writes. ‘But after hearing from my gay friends and learning more about the hardships they faced because of discrimination, it became clear to me that everyone should be able to marry the person they love.’
Jenner, 65, had told DeGeneres: ‘I have to admit – I remember 15 years ago, 20 years ago whenever it was when the whole gay marriage issue came up – at first I was not for it.
‘I mean I thought I’m a traditionalist. I’m older than most people in the audience. I kind of like tradition and it’s always been a man and a woman. And I’m thinking I don’t quite get it. But as time has gone on, I think like a lot of people on this issue have really changed their thinking here to I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness. That’s not my job. … If that word marriage is really that important to you I can go with it. I’m on board. I’m okay with that,’
DeGeneres called Jenner out on the spot then later during an interview with Howard Stern: ‘She still has a judgement about gay marriage.…You’re wanting people to understand and accept you – this is like really confusing to people and you still have a judgement about gay people and marriage.’
Jenner is a Republican and been married and divorced three times.