HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Congresswoman and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is apologizing for past beliefs and comments that she said were “wrong, and worse, hurtful to people in the LGBTQ+ community and their loved ones.”
On Thursday, Gabbard took to Twitter to post an apology video, saying her conservative upbringing shaped her views in the past but that her views have significantly changed.
In the video, which is nearly four minutes long, she said, “My record in Congress over the last six years reflects what is in my heart: A strong and ongoing commitment to fighting for LGBTQ+ rights.”
She said growing up with a very outspoken father who fought against gay rights and marriage equality, she believed marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
“But over the years as I grew up, I formed my own opinions based on my life experience that significantly changed my views, at a very personal level in truly having aloha, love, for all people, and making sure that every American, regardless of sexual orientation, is treated equally under the law,” Gabbard said, in the video.
Just days after announcing her 2020 presidential bid, Gabbard was under scrutiny for her homophobic comments and efforts to ban same-sex marriage.
She was also criticized for her work with the anti-gay group the Alliance for Traditional Marriage in the early 2000s, an organization run by her father, state Sen. Mike Gabbard.
The 37-year-old is running in what’s expected to be a crowded field of Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential election.