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Caitlyn Jenner Has a Right to Be Ambivalent about Gay Marriage

Caitlyn Jenner Has a Right to Be Ambivalent about Gay Marriage September 10, 2015

Caitlyn (formerly known as Bruce) Jenner was recently on The Ellen DeGeneres’ show and Ellen brought up the issue of gay marriage.

Caitlyn responded with a certain measure of discomfort saying, “I mean, I like tradition and it’s always been between a man and a woman,” but then Caitlyn reassured Ellen, “I’m on board. It’s going to be pretty much the law of the land, so I still feel like, yeah, I’m OK with it. I don’t want to stand in front of somebody’s happiness.”

Despite Caitlyn’s (somewhat ambivalent) support for gay marriage, Ellen went on The Howard Stern show and discussed Caitlyn’s views with concern and consternation. Ellen said, “She still has a judgement about gay marriage.” Later, when Howard asks Ellen if Caitlyn danced with her on the show, she said, “I don’t think she is a dancer, and maybe she didn’t want to dance with me because I am a lesbian.”

The thing is, Ellen would be able to understand and respect Caitlyn’s ambivalence (and the many other LGBT persons who support the traditional definition of marriage) if the tiresome, illogical lie that you are automatically a bigoted person if you believe marriage is between a man and a woman would be rejected by supporters of same-sex marriage.

The only other option seems to be thought policing and angry, condescending, or patronizing reactions, like the ones that have followed Caitlyn’s revelations.

Watch the video of Caitlyn Jenner’s appearance on Ellen below:


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