When Caitlyn Jenner appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show last week, Ellen’s reactions were mixed, especially in response to Jenner’s views on same-sex marriage.
Calling herself a “traditionalist,” Jenner admitted that she used to oppose equal marriage, before publicly coming out as transgender.
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?”
Explaining that she had changed her mind on the issue, she said:
If the word ‘marriage’ is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.”
However, DeGeneres appears to have been taken aback by the answer – telling SiriusXM host Howard Stern that she was baffled.
Caitlyn Jenner is on the show today, and she really still has a judgement about gay marriage. I said to her: ‘You’re wanting people to understand and accept you – this is like really confusing to people – but you still have a judgement about gay people and marriage’.
She said ‘if the word marriage is that important’ …and I was like, ‘it is, because that’s the word!’. We want the same thing as everybody.”
DeGeneres also questioned the star’s Republican beliefs – despite Republicans actively opposing trans rights.
She’s a Republican and conservative – and I think a lot of Republicans are wishing she wasn’t a Republican.”
The entertainer also revealed that Jenner refused to dance with her – which most guests including President Obama have done on her talk show.
No, she didn’t dance. I don’t think she’s a dancer. Maybe she didn’t want to dance with me cause I’m a lesbian! She was great, it was a great interview. I don’t really know her, and I’m trying to understand it, because I don’t fully understand it either.
I also want everyone to be happy I don’t fully understand all of that, but I want her to be happy. Which is what I want for her, for me.”
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