‘Republican at heart’ Kelly Clarkson endorses Obama for president

Kelly Clarkson performs at the PNC Bank Arts Center on August 26, 2012 in Holmdel, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)

Kelly Clarkson performs at the PNC Bank Arts Center on August 26, 2012 in Holmdel, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)

American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson describes herself a “Republican at heart” and she supported Ron Paul’s candidacy earlier this year, but she is voting for President Barack Obama this November largely because of his pro-marriage equality position. The Huffington Post reports:

Nearly a year after voicing her support for former GOP candidate Ron Paul, Kelly Clarkson says she plans to vote for President Barack Obama in November.

Calling herself a “Republican at heart,” the 30-year-old Texas native told the Daily Star: “I’ve been reading online about the debates and I’m probably going to vote for Obama again…I can’t support Romney’s policies as I have a lot of gay friends and I don’t think it’s fair they can’t get married.”

But it isn’t just lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues that are prompting Clarkson to switch party lines: “I’m not a hardcore feminist but we can’t be going back to the ’50s.”

She then noted, “Obama is a great guy. I’ve met him and I’m a fan of Michelle, too.”

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