Elizabeth Hasselbeck, the blonde and beautiful token non-liberal on ABC’s daytime all-women commentary show “The View,” who mixes it up with left-leaning co-hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, revealed in an interview that appeared Tuesday that she has fully changed her position on homosexuals marrying.
“I am not ultra-ultra-conservative on every issue,” Hasselbeck told Fancast.com’s Adam Buckman. “I actually support gay marriage.”
That was not the case in 2008 when the 33-year-old former reality TV contestant argued strongly in favor of California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that amended the state constitution that year to recognize marriage as being only between a man and a woman -- and was struck down in federal district court on Aug. 4.
Hasselbeck raised hackles last month when she suggested that aging women were switching to lesbianism because they can’t land men, who prefer younger women.
“All the older men are going for younger women, leaving the women with no one,” Hasselbeck said, a viewpoint Behar told her was “ridiculous.”
And Hasselbeck ended up issuing a teary public apology in May after mocking the skimpy “Dancing with the Stars” costume of ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews – who had been famously victimized by a stalker who posted nude videotape of her on the Internet.
Abortion is another issue on which Hasselbeck’s “conservative” position seems to be a muddle. She told Fancast’s Buckman, “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].”
President Obama appeared on “The View” with Hasselbeck last month, and she subsequently said on the program that she has had “a crush on Obama since he left” and is planning to accept an invitation to bring her children to visit the White House.
Appearing on Sean Hannity’s show on the Fox News Channel, Hasselbeck said, “I think it was a cozy situation for the president; it was certainly an honor for all of us there,” adding that she “had a great conversation with the president backstage.”
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