In 2002, when she was 21, Gabbard won a seat in Hawaii's state legislature, highlighting her work for a group led by her father that ran a successful campaign to amend the Hawaii constitution to "reserve marriage to opposite-sex couples".
Gabbard's announcement comes ahead of what is expected to be a wave of high-profile Democratic candidates throwing their hats in the ring. "I look forward to being able to get into this and to talk about it in depth when we make our announcement", Gabbard said.
Gabbard, a co-Chair of the powerful House India Caucus, was recently re-elected for the US House of Representatives from Hawaii for the fourth consecutive term.More news: Company issues lifetime ban after Washington state man jumps from cruise ship
She released the following statement in response to the CNN story while adding that she has recently worked on numerous measures for equal rights for the gay and lesbian communities.
Gabbard was born in American Samoa and was raised in Hawaii, where she is known to surf.
The 37-year-old Iraq War veteran is the first Hindu elected to Congress and the first member born in the US territory of American Samoa. Speaking on behalf of the Alliance for Traditional Marriage and Values, a group headed by her father, she said the MA marriage law would cause a ripple effect across the country. "I will bring that attitude of public service to the legislature", the quote she gave the local newspaper and unearthed by CNN read. "As Democrats, we should be representing the views of the people, not a small number of homosexual extremists", she said at the time.
Tulsi Gabbard strongly supported Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton for the Democrat presidential nomination.More news: To Catch a Predator Host Chris Hansen Arrested
Her father's organization called homosexuality "unhealthy, abnormal behavior that should not be promoted or accepted in society". "There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve", she said.
"So, she'll co-sponsor bills supporting LGBTQ rights, but still personally thinks we're icky", wrote a "trans activist" of whom you were blissfully ignorant until now.
"Over the past six years in Congress, I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to help work toward passing legislation that ensures equal rights and protections on LGBTQ+ issues", Gabbard said. "Much work remains to ensure equality and civil rights protections for LGBTQ+ Americans and if elected President, I will continue to fight for equal rights for all".
Relating to "Hinduism" as a form of spiritual orientation, Gabbard converted to the Hindu religion when she was a teenager. "I know that those comments have been hurtful and I sincerely offer my apology to you and hope that you will accept it", Gabbard said.More news: Tesla to cut thousands of jobs in profitability drive
Because of her interest in cryptocurrencies, there is the possibility that she's going to have a face off with her anti-crypto democratic colleague, Elizabeth Warren.
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