Tulsi Gabbard's Leftward Journey

Tulsi Gabbard campaign

WASHINGTON — "Gabbard" is a loaded name in Hawaii politics, synonymous with steadfast socially conservative views.

State Sen. Mike Gabbard has led the charge against same-sex marriage in the state for two decades. His 30-year-old City Council member daughter, Tulsi, long shared his stances against abortion rights and in favor of a constitutional amendment to restrict marriage to being between one man and one woman.

So when Tulsi Gabbard received a glowing endorsement from the progressive reproductive rights group EMILY's List in her 2012 campaign for Congress, plenty of people had some version of this reaction: Huh?

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