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Elisabeth Hasselbeck: 'I Actually Support Gay Marriage'

The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck tries to clear up some misconceptions about her in an interview with Fancast:

Hasselbeck "I am not ultra-ultra-conservative on every issue. I actually support gay marriage. I think the gay marriage thing would definitely surprise people. I mean, for some people, it will surprise them to the point that they won’t want to hear it. 'No, that can’t be, I really want to have this sort of idea of her in my head,' so I sort of rain on their parade there. I am a person that does believe that life begins at conception, but I also don’t believe that the government should tell women what to do with their bodies. So I’m torn there in terms of supporting laws [for or against abortion]. I always say I would rather change a heart than a law. I think it has to start there. Always trying to mandate, mandate, mandate this or that is not the way that I believe this country should run."

In December 2008, Hasselbeck irked Melissa Etheridge on The View with regard to Prop 8, arguing that the majority should be allowed to vote on the rights of the minority. Hasselbeck also seemed to struggle with the concept of marriage equality in a discussion with Portia de Rossi a year later, asking "Take men and women. Women want all the rights of men, but they're not asking to be called men. Do you think...is the word [marriage] more important than the rights?"

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  1. @Sean, of course minority rights and rights in general should never be put up to a test. They're far too important.

    I just don't think Hasselbeck is smart enough to realize that. Unlike others on her side, I think she's less a bigot and just someone who is uninformed (or dumb many would say) with very strong opinions.

    Posted by: Joe | Aug 18, 2010 11:17:57 PM

  2. Never trust a Republican.

    Posted by: John Normile | Jun 15, 2012 2:35:16 PM

  3. If those of you bashing Ms. H for a perceived change of heart apply the same standards (only doing it for popularity reasons, etc.) to President Obama, then you have a leg to stand on. If you feel Mr. Obama truly has "evolved" but won't accept that from a conservative who you've already decided you hate, then shame on you.

    Posted by: Jim | Aug 9, 2012 11:12:25 PM

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