Caitlyn Jenner has slightly softened her “traditional”, republican stance on gay marriage.
Previously Caitlyn caught heat on The Ellen Show for saying marriage has “always been a man and a woman” and it’s wrong to change that.
Caitlyn told Ellen: “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. I’m thinking, ‘I don’t quite get it.’ But, I think, like a lot of people on this issue, I have really changed my thinking here to, ‘I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness.’ That’s not my job, okay? If that word – ‘marriage’ – is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.”
Ellen disagreed with every point, made it clear she felt insulted as a married lesbian, and called out Caitlyn’s hypocrisy (accept the LGBT community… but not anyone LGB).
A few days later, Ellen called out Caitlyn again on the Howard Stern Show. Ellen told Howard: “[Caitlyn] still has a judgment about gay marriage. I said, ‘You’re wanting people to understand and accept you, this is like really confusing to people. And you want us to understand, and that you still have a judgment about gay people and marriage.’ And she goes, ‘Well, she said if the word ‘marriage’ is that important … and I was like, ‘It is, because that’s the word.’ Like, we want the same thing.”
Caitlyn appears to have responded to the feedback. Here’s what Caitlyn wrote on her blog after the backlash:
I want to help each of you understand something that I only recently embraced: Being different is okay – in fact, it’s great! But I also understand it takes some getting used to.
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. 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.
I can only hope that by sharing my story, there’s someone out there whose mind has been changed about trans people. [via Caitlyn’s blog]