Nikki Haley disputes that she opposes gay marriage

Nikki Haley disputes that she opposes gay marriage
Nikki Haley disputes that she opposes gay marriage

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told a question-asker at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox Saturday they were misinformed by Google for believing she was against gay marriage.

Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley spoke at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 12, 2023. (Photo by Robin Opsahl/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

“Get your news from somewhere else,” Haley said. “This is what I’ll tell you: People should live the way they want to live. I believe in freedom. I believe in making sure that people can live the way they want to live, and I believe the government needs to stay out of the way.”

Haley took questions from the crowd of more than 200 after her soapbox speech. While Haley said she supported “freedom” with regard to same-sex marriage, she said she does not support transgender women student athletes competing in women’s sports, and does not support transgender women using women’s locker rooms.

She said that “our daughters” should not have to “figure out how to deal with” transgender women in women’s locker rooms.

“We need to be focusing on the fact that strong girls become strong women, strong women become strong leaders,” Haley said. “That’s where my focus is and biological boys in our locker rooms doesn’t make strong girls. I always fight for our girls.”

Haley’s visit to the fair coincided with former President Donald Trump’s, in whose administration she served. Answering questions from reporters after her soapbox speech, Haley said the media were “Trump-obsessed,” and people she has been talking to in Iowa and New Hampshire are focused on issues like the economy and education.

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Both Haley and Trump have met the polling and donation requirements for the Republican debate in Milwaukee, scheduled for Aug. 23. The former president has not yet committed to attending, and has not signed the pledge requiring participants to support the eventual 2024 Republican nominee, regardless of who it is.

The former South Carolina governor said she believes all candidates should sign the Republican National Committee’s pledge, saying “any one of the candidates are better than a President Kamala Harris,” but said it’s up to Trump to decide whether or not to participate in the debate.

“I think President Trump, it’s his decision whether he wants to get on the debate stage or not,” Haley said. “You have to earn that support of the American people. It’s hard to earn their support if you’re absent.”

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