— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 4, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner has revealed that she was once opposed to same-sex marriages. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the 65-year-old admitted that 15 or 20 years ago, she was a conservative Republican with little understanding of marriage equality.
"I was not for it," she explains. "I am a traditionalist - I'm older than most people in the audience, and I kind of like tradition - and it's always been a man and a woman, and I'm thinking, 'I don't quite get it.'"
The reality star, who recently underwent gender reassignment, said that she has since changed her view. "But as time has gone on I think, like a lot of people on this issue, I've really changed [my] thinking here to, 'I don't ever want to stand in front of anybody's happiness.' You know? That's not my job. If that word 'marriage' is really, really that important to you, I can go with it."
In her first TV interview since revealing her new identity as Caitlyn, Jenner, who has been divorced three times, also spoke about her own hopes of finding love again. "Everybody wants to have a partner, everybody would love to have a family and for trans people sometimes that can be extraordinarily difficult to do," she explained, though she has no plans to have more children.
''I've kind of passed that stage in my life, but yes would I like to find a partner in life to share my life with. I'm sure I will at some point," she told Ellen. "Right now I'm just very busy doing a lot of things and kind of just getting used to where I'm at and who I'm at. As time goes on I'll deal with that subject."
Caitlyn's journey to becoming a woman has been documented on the E! reality series I Am Cait. The former athlete has shared her trepidation about dating and said she is undecided whether she would now date men or women. Though on a recent episode of I Am Cait she revealed she likes the idea of a man "treating her like a woman."
Ellen pushed her on the matter of her rumoured relationship with close friend and transgender actress Candice Cayne. "Actually Candice is back stage, but that's a whole other deal. Candice is great. We really have a lot a fun. She's a beautiful woman," said Jenner.
Wearing a white, long-sleeved blouse and black, pencil skirt, paired with high heels, the I Am Cait star also revealed she doesn't miss being Bruce. "Do I miss him? Absolutely, no," she said. "Because as a woman I can do all this fun stuff anyway. I can still play golf. I can still go race cars."
On the show Caitlyn and Ellen presented a cheque for $20,000 to transgender student Blossom Brown, who has previously been refused admission to nursing school because of her gender identity.
The interview will be broadcast on The Ellen Show on September 8.