Janet Napolitano’s Views Have Evolved To Support Marriage Equality


Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, which includes three openly gay athletes. She shared with NBC’s David Gregory this weekend that she now supports marriage equality, which she previously opposed:

NAPOLITANO: 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.

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Under Napolitano’s leadership, the Department of Homeland Security issued written guidelines for protecting same-sex couples from deportation before the Defense of Marriage Act was overturned, and then ordered a review of all green card petitions after the Supreme Court’s ruling.