Only one day after Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) announced that she was running for president in the 2020 election her past anti-gay comments are coming back to haunt her.
In February 2004, Gabbard, at the time a 22-year-old state representative, was testifying against a bill aimed at legalizing same-sex civil unions.“To try to act as if there is a difference between ‘civil unions’ and same-sex marriage is dishonest, cowardly and extremely disrespectful to the people of Hawaii,” she said. “As Democrats, we should be representing the views of the people, not a small number of homosexual extremists.”
Later that same year Gabbard while replying to an email originally sent to her father, Mike Gabbard, who was a Republican city councilman in Honolulu running for Congress about her father;s ties to the Hare Krishna movement in Hawaii, wrote:
“It’s clear to me that you’re acting as a conduit for The Honolulu Weekly and other homosexual extremist supporters of Ed Case [Mike Gabbard’s opponent].
Since her switching parties from Republican to Democrat Gabbard may back legislation that supports the LGBT community, but it’s unclear if her personal views have evolved
A 2016 profile of the combat veteran published in Ozy suggests otherwise: “She tells me that, no, her personal views haven’t changed, but she doesn’t figure it’s her job to do as the Iraqis did and force her own beliefs on others,” noted reporter Sanjena Sathian.