Add former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the list of politicians who have ‘evolved’ in their feeling toward same-sex marriage. As governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, Napolitano (now president of the University of California) openly opposed gay marriage… But not anymore.

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In an interview with NBC News’ David Gregory on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Napolitano explained that she opposed gay marriage because “the evolution hadn’t occurred.” Napolitano will lead the American delegation to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month – a group that will include several prominent gay and lesbian athletes.

Gregory’s question and her full answer are in the clip below:

“Hang on just a second. What is the hell did you just say? Did you just say that because you are an elected official, you just went with the crowd,” Glenn asked exasperatedly. “You didn’t have the guts to tell us you changed your opinion? You hid it from the American people until the arc of history… You sound just exactly like the kind of person that has a spine that I want new charge of Homeland Security.”


While Gregory did not bother to further press Napolitano on her ‘evolution,’ her incoherent answer begs the question: Were you lying to us then or are you lying to us now?

“Two options,” Stu said. “Either she was lying when she was governor – hiding it because it was not popular – or she has just changed her opinion as it has become more popular.”

“Her opinion? She has no opinion. She’s not a thinking human being. She has no real opinion, thinking. She thinks what the majority thinks,” Glenn concluded. “One way or another, she is not a person that should [have been] in charge of Homeland Security…
She says the NSA is not spying on us. Is that because the ‘arc of history’ hasn’t caught up with people being comfortable [yet]?”

Front page image courtesy of the AP