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Napolitano evolves on same-sex marriage: ‘Arc of history has arrived’

Monday, January 6, 2014

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Sunday she — like many prominent Democratic political figures — has evolved on the topic of same-sex marriage, and now supports marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

Napolitano, now President of the University of California, appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and said that while she served as Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, “the evolution hadn’t occurred, and my statements were very much in that way.”

“This was something that society in a way, the arc of history, as it were, needed to get there, and the arc of history has clearly arrived,” she said.

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Next month, Napolitano will lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a group that will include three prominent gay and lesbian athletes.

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  1. LMAO..You can’t make this stuff up.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:48pm
  2. i’m confused..she’s not a lesbian?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:51pm
  3. Mark I think she it the one confused.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:23pm
  4. I think you're both idiots.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:40pm
  5. It doesn't matter!

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:52pm
  6. Bitch. The cunts in power never risk anything.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:51pm
  7. She’s a Lesbian. …..come on

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:52pm
  8. Who cares? Only bigots.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:41pm
  9. The arc has sailed.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:53pm
  10. Isn’t she a big ole lesbian?!?!?! LoL

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:53pm
  11. and we care, why?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:54pm
  12. For a moment I thought that you were talking about Giorgio Napolitano, the President of Italy… I felt like “wow!! Italy is becoming a civilized country about lgbt rights?” But it lasted only a few seconds…:/

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:56pm
  13. Why do we as the LGBTQ community get upset when others judge us, yet reading these comments, so many people judged Napolitano based on what? A picture of her with a short haircut. Come on people. We can’t convince people to change if we are misconstrued as hypocrites.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10:58pm
  14. Don't waste your time Brandon. They are ignorant.

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:01pm
  15. Please, that’s a big ole closet bull dagger!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:01pm
  16. asshole

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:16pm
  17. Yeah and fuck you with a rusty razor blade too, Kim :-)

    Replied on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:21pm
  18. that’s a lesbian, no doubt

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:02pm
  19. I think she’s full of shit or just chicken shit. While she wa in a couple offices where she could have supported us and done something to help, she did nothing. Now that she’s not in that position, but about to lead them into the olympics or whatever seems like she’s just trying to counteract the people it’s gonna piss off. Bad timing, wrong strategy, or whatever. “Clearly the arc of history has arrived”….wtf? The only thing that’s clear is that she’s either full of shit or a chicken shit. This is the first time I’ve ever been upset about someone supporting us. Seems more like she’s taking advantage of things for support instead of getting attacked for taking part in something that a lot of our community is not in favor of. By the way, I would bet she’s a total lesbian. So i’m betting she is more on the chicken shit side. omfg. Watch out folks, this is gonna be a new trend where people take advantage of our community in all sorts of ways to gain some sort of ridiculous advantage for themselves with. I’m gonna go puke now.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:04pm
  20. This lesbian supports equal marriage. How courageous.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:09pm
  21. Actually it’s not her hair that screams Lesbian..it’s her deep voice and her cowboy walk that did it for me..

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:09pm
  22. She certainly has all the ice cream that wants a-lickin’

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:10pm
  23. wow yeah I thought she was ..now I feel like I judged her.. :( sorry

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:39pm
  24. she has evolved? I don’t get it. this woman is gay…. is she not?

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:43pm
  25. The Arc has been here, now we are swinging it. Take a jump into 2014.

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:46pm
  26. I’m just glad that she’s a supporter!

    Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 11:52pm
  27. I will take enlightened

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:03am
  28. And for everyone that says…. she’s a lesbian…. doesn’t mean she has to believe in marriage….

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:04am
  29. duh! Shannon Snyder..you are so right..I’m a gay man and I don’t believe in marriage, though I believe in equality.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:23am
  30. Yea she evolves into what? Ignorant bitch!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:00am
  31. hey can we not stereotype this woman please? maybe she’s a lesbian maybe not, who gives a shit?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:01am
  32. oh I thought that was an ice cream… LOL

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:45am
  33. Really? Evolved? How about self realization?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:16am
  34. To be gay and against marriage equality is self loathing and a betrayal to fellow LGBTQs.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:18am
  35. I’m glad to witness history being made!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:20am
  36. She’s an anti american piece of trash.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:06am
  37. Stop postin this shit

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:15am
  38. evolves? lol!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:50am
  39. If she looked any gayer herself she’d evolve a penis. Welcome to the new age old woman. WTH took ya so long?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:35pm
  40. Don’t believe in marriage don’t get one, but stand in the way of my equality and I’ll step on your gay ass to get there too.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:38pm