Caitlyn Jenner says she's now 100% behind gay marriage

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Caitlyn Jenner is trying to make her stance on gay marriage perfectly clear following a series of controversies.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and trans activist originally ruffled feathers when she admitted in a 2015 interview with Ellen DeGeneres that she didn't support LGBTQ couples marrying for years.

"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," she told DeGeneres. "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."

That muddled answer drew its fair share of criticism from the LGBTQ community and from DeGeneres herself, who later told Howard Stern that Jenner's stance on the issue was somewhat hypocritical.

"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'," Ellen said at the time.

"She goes, 'Well, if the word marriage is that important'. It is! That's the word. We want the same thing."

In an upcoming ABC News special to promote her memoir The Secrets of My Life: A History, Caitlyn is asked point blank by Diane Sawyer about her stance on LGBTQ marriage at this point in her life.

"I am 100% behind gay marriage," she insisted. "Let's clear that up right now. I am 100% for gay marriage."

Sawyer pressed on, asking why Caitlyn has in the past described her feelings on LGBTQ unions as "an evolving process".

"It was," the athlete answered. "But get it straight: I'm all for it."

Whether her clarification is too little, too late remains to be seen. In her new book, Caitlyn argues that she was "alienated" from the LGBTQ community when DeGeneres took issue with her stance.

The full interview with Caitlyn Jenner will air on Friday (April 21) at 10pm ET on ABC in the US.

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