UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: In an exchange of messages on Facebook this evening, I asked Rasberry to clarify whether her statement of support for “civil rights” for gay couples means she now supports marriage equality. I also offered to do a phone interview to clarify her position.
“I’ve always said I supported civil rights for gay couples. That’s not something new,” Rasberry responded.
I then asked again whether supporting civil rights for gay couples means that she supports the legal recognition of same-sex marriages. I suggested that she might have meant “civil unions” instead of “civil rights.”
“After the public slaughtering I endured for saying what I believed, I’d rather not revisit this issue again,” Rasberry responded.
I told Rasberry it seemed too late for that, as I had already blogged about her tweet. I said I interpreted her tweet to mean that she now supports marriage equality, and asked her to correct me if I’m wrong. She has not yet responded.
Rasberry’s statements generated a huge backlash from LGBT listeners and others. We also posted Rasberry’s response to those critics, in which she noted that she’s hardly an anti-marriage activist, and said she loves her gay friends and might very well evolve on the issue (at the time, President Barack Obama was still evolving).
Up until then, Rasberry had been an occasional celebrity guest at Gaybingo, the fundraiser for Resource Center Dallas, and other LGBT events. But her opposition to marriage equality also came against a backdrop of borderline homphobic content on the show over the years — such as when the late Kidd was criticized for using a lisp to mock gay men in 2011.