Caitlyn Jenner, divorced three times when she was Bruce, has admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that she used to be against same-sex marriage.
‘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,’ Jenner says in an interview to air on Monday (7 September).
‘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.’
Jenner, 65, is a member of the Republican Party which has been steadfastly against same-sex marriage. Some of its most prominent members have also spoken out against transgender equality.
‘Marriage is marriage and equality is equality,’ DeGeneres pointed out to Jenner in a portion of the interview where she was more hard-hitting journalist than cheery daytime talk show host.
‘If that word marriage is really that important to you I can go with it. I’m on board. I’m okay with that,’ Jenner then said.
Jenner has hinted that she may be interested in dating men after a lifetime of only being involved romantically with women, fathering six children and raising four stepchildren.
She would like to find a partner at some point but right now is busy doing other things.
‘I’m in such a different place in life,’ she said. ‘I already have too many children – I’m kidding – I have 10 children, I’ve got my eighth grandchild in the oven … I have all these wonderful kids. I’ve kind of passed that stage in my life. … As time goes on I’ll kind of deal with that subject.’