Actor Stephen Baldwin, appearing Friday on the Rosie O’Donnell show, said he “absolutely” supports legal recognition of same-sex unions, in stark contrast to previous statements on the subject.
When O’Donnell asked Baldwin if gay partners should be able to marry, he replied “Yes — meaning, in their world.” When O’Donnell pressed, “Well, not in your church. Just legally in a union?” Baldwin responded, “Absolutely.”
The statement is reversal from a 2010 interview with the London Observer, when Baldwin was asked about his position on legal recognition of same-sex partnerships:
“I believe that the family unit has fundamentally been the most positive thing for society and I don’t believe that any minority has the right to create changes that impact on the majority. That’s really the only issue for me.”
In January 2008, Baldwin called in to the Howard Stern Show to express support for then-GOP Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, commenting:
“I don’t believe that gay marriage is in line with God’s Word, which is found in the Bible. So, what I think doesn’t matter; what I believe is what’s in the Bible and the Bible says that gay marriage is not acceptable.”
And in a 2011 interview with The Wall Street Journal, Baldwin said those seeking equal marriage rights are “a very small minority” seeking to impose their will on the majority of Americans.