Janet Napolitano shifts to support same-sex marriage

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Janet Napolitano, former Arizona governor and current president of the University of California school system, says she is now in support of marriage equality.

Watch the video clip of her the Meet the Press interview below.

During a Meet the Press interview on Sunday, January 5, David Gregory asked Napolitano, who was not a supporter of same-sex marriage during her time as Arizona governor from 2003 to 2009, about her change of heart.

Her response: “Like many in political and elective life in the early part of this century, the evolution hadn’t occurred, and my statements were very much in that way. This was something that society in a way, the arc of history, as it were, needed to get there, and the arc of history has clearly arrived.”

Napolitano, who was also the first woman to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security, was appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the United States delegation for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

“We would like to demonstrate that the United States is a very free and open and tolerant society,” said Napolitano. “I’m going to support my country and support my team.”

The US delegation is comprised of three openly gay athletes: tennis legend Billie Jean King, ice hockey Olympian Caitlin Cahow, and figure skater Brian Boitano. Boitano came out on December 19, just days after he was appointed.

“When the president named the delegation, and I read in the news what his message was of tolerance and diversity, I thought, I have to take this opportunity,” Boitano told Matt Lauer during an interview on January 2. “I think the message is so strong. I’ve always wanted to represent my country as best I could, and I knew that I had to go past my comfort zone and reveal a private side of my life that I’ve never done before.”

The Sochi Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place from Friday, February 7 to Friday, February 23.

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