Real estate mogul Donald Trump has
given a golf analogy to explain his opposition to gay marriage.
The billionaire entrepreneur, host of
NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, and possible 2012 GOP presidential
candidate has previously suggested that support for gay marriage is
mostly driven by feelings.
During an appearance on Fox News' The
O'Reilly Factor, Trump explained his opposition to gay marriage
this way: “I just don't feel good about it. I don't feel right
And in a Christian Broadcasting Network
(CBN) interview, he said he opposed government recognition of gay
unions, but added that gay people shouldn't be discriminated against.
“Gay marriage,” David Brody said
during the interview. “I know you're for traditional marriage,
against gay marriage, what about civil unions?”
“To be honest with you, as far as
civil unions are concerned, I haven't totally formed my opinion,”
Trump responded, then added, “but there can be no discrimination
against gays. I'm against gay marriage. I took a lot of heat for
In his most recent comments on the
subject, Trump, 64, compared gay marriage to a new kind of
“unattractive” and “weird” golf putter.
“It's like in golf,” Trump
New York Times. “A lot of people — I don’t want this
to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these
really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these
great players with these really long putters, because they can’t
sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I
have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a
He added that he's a “conservative
with a big heart.”