In a surprise twist from someone who was once vocally in favor for Republican candidate Ron Paul, singer Kelly Clarkson has stepped forward and has vowed to vote for Barack Obama come the November election.
This time around just weeks before the general election, Clarkson has come out to support president Barack Obama. During her tour in Europe, the singer told The Daily Star, “I’ve been reading online about the debates and I’m probably going to vote for Obama again, even though I’m a Republican at heart.”
Why is Kelly Clarkson having a change at heart? Well, it seems as though it has a lot to do with Obama’s current views on marriage equality. Clarkson goes on to explain in her own words, “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. I’m not a hardcore feminist but we can’t be going back to the ’50s.”
Clarkson, who hails from the conservative state of Texas continues saying that Obama is a “great guy,” adding that she’s also a “big fan of First Lady Michelle Obama” because “she has been busy promoting better education and healthy diets, which is something we could all use a dose of reality on.”
Kelly Clarkson isn’t the only American Idol alum to support marriage equality. Fellow American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood told The Independent, “As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”
Perhaps Clarkson’s support is a tell tale sign of how Barack Obama is doing amongst swing voters.