Caitlyn Jenner insists she’s now “100%” behind gay marriage after saying “I wasn’t for it” in 2015
After some confusing remarks made about her stance on gay marriage in 2015, Caitlyn Jenner has now set the record straight.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians and I Am Cait star attracted criticism after making some seemingly contradictory comments on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2015. Despite standing as a proud trans activist and openly addressing her own transition in the media, Caitlyn appeared to marginalise other members of the LGBTQ community during her interview.
She said: “I have to admit — I remember 10 years ago, 15 years ago, whenever the whole gay marriage issue came up — at first I was not for it. I’m a traditionalist. I’m older than most people in your audience.
“I, kind of, like tradition and it’s always been a man and a woman. I was thinking, ‘I don’t quite get it’. But as time has gone on — I think like a lot of people on this issue — I’ve really changed my thinking. I don’t ever want to stand in front of anyone’s happiness.”
The reluctant answer attracted backlash from the LGBTQ community and Ellen herself said she felt her guest’s judgements were hypocritical and not in line with her own interests as a trans woman.
The presenter told Howard Stern: “I said, ‘You’re wanting people to understand and accept you – this is, like, really confusing to people. And you still have a judgment about gay people and marriage’.
“She goes, ‘Well, if the word marriage is that important’. It is! That’s the word. We want the same thing.”
With people still unsure on how exactly the reality star feels towards gay rights, Caitlyn has finally addressed the issue once and for all in an upcoming ABC News special. In a preview clip, viewers see Caitlyn asked by Diane Sawyer about her current stance on LGBTQ marriage as she promotes her memoir The Secrets of My Life: A History.
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“I am 100% behind gay marriage,” she replies defiantly. “Let’s clear that up right now. I am 100% for gay marriage.”
Sawyer continued to ask Caitlyn why she had previously described her attitude as “an evolving process”.
Caitlyn says: “It was. But get it straight: I’m all for it.”
The full interview with Caitlyn Jenner will air on Friday (April 21) at 10pm ET on ABC in the US.