Caitlyn Jenner’s appearance on the season premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday has many people talking about the self-described traditionalist’s views on same-sex marriage. Although Jenner admitted that in the past she didn’t understand the desire for marriage equality, she has since evolved…sort of.
“If that word marriage is really, really that important to you, then I can go with it,” Jenner stated as she made air quotes with her hand while saying the word marriage during the sit-down with Ellen.
While the 65-year-old Republican chose her words carefully in an effort to be as diplomatic as possible, DeGeneres was not buying it. The talk show host made the observation during their chat that Jenner still didn’t seem on board with the topic. She elaborated further during yesterday’s edition of The Howard Stern Show.
“She still has a judgment about gay marriage,” a baffled DeGeneres told Stern. The comedienne noted that Jenner wants people to understand and accept her while she still has a judgment about gay people and marriage.
Stern and his co-host Robin Quivers considered it remarkable that Jenner, after hiding for most of her life, wants to be herself and does not want to be ridiculed, yet would state she doesn’t understand gay marriage.
Even though Caitlyn might be a traditionalist at heart, there was one tradition she did not want to uphold during her time with Ellen. DeGeneres revealed that Jenner didn’t dance with her, a routine gesture that many of her guests engage in while on her show. “Maybe she didn’t want to dance with me because I’m a lesbian,” deadpanned the comedic host.
The interview with Ellen might have some people scratching their heads as the former Olympian continues to stand by her traditional and conservative belief system; however, Ellen provided some brilliant insight when she joked, “She’s Republican and conservative, and I think a lot of Republicans are wishing she wasn’t Republican.”
Watch the clip of Caitlyn Jenner explaining her position on gay marriage onThe Ellen DeGeneres Show below: