Tulsi Gabbard's Leftward Journey01/17/2012
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?