Caitlyn Jenner may be a major influence in the LGBTQ community now, but she confessed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in an episode airing Tuesday, Sept. 8, that she used to hold rather conservative views about gay marriage when the issue was surfacing 15 to 20 years ago.
“I was not for it!” Jenner, 65, told DeGeneres, 57, during the I Am Cait star’s first TV interview since she revealed her new identity on the July issue of Vanity Fair. “I thought, ‘I’m a traditionalist.’ … I kind of like tradition, and [marriage has] always been between a man and a woman, and I’m thinking, ‘I don’t quite get it.’”
But the former Olympic athlete — who is a Republican — admitted that her views about gay marriage have evolved over the years. “Like a lot of people on this issue, I’ve really changed my thinking here to, ‘I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness.’ That’s not my job,” she revealed. “If that word ‘marriage’ is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.”
After all, her journey has been about finding herself and her own happiness as well.
“Everybody wants to have a partner. Everybody would love to have a family, and for transgender people, that’s sometimes extraordinarily difficult to do,” she added when DeGeneres, who is married to actress Portia de Rossi, asked if Jenner would be dating. “I’ve kind of passed that stage in my life. Would I like to find a partner in life to share my life with? Yeah! I’m sure I will at some point.”
Just not right now.
“I’m just very busy doing a lot of things and just getting used to where I’m at and who I’m at,” Jenner concluded.