Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, during an interview Sunday said she had "no idea" what gay conversion therapy was as a young kid and apologized for her past anti-LGBTQ views.
"As a kid and a young person I had no idea what conversion therapy was," she said during an appearance on Status Coup. "I was raised in a very conservative family. I held views then that I no longer hold. Those are views and things that I said and did that I regret very much, and I have apologized for that, and I will continue to apologize for whatever pain or hardship that I caused."
Gabbard, who announced in January that she will seek her party's nomination for president in 2020, has come under scrutiny for her past views and activism in opposition to LGBT rights in the late 90s and early 2000s.
CNN first reported on Gabbard's past and found the lawmaker worked for her father's anti-gay organization, which mobilized to pass a measure against same-sex marriage in Hawaii and promoted gay conversion therapy.
Gabard then told CNN she has helped work "toward passing legislation that ensures equal rights and protections on LGBTQ+ issues, such as the Equality Act, the repeal of DOMA, Restore Honor to Servicemembers Act, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Equality for All Resolution."
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