For an investment of $20 and 90 minutes, you can catch a glimpse of the new Dr. Laura.
Yes, that Dr. Laura. She’s quietly emerged from her controversial — and often anti-gay — ways of the past to become the third most popular talk show host behind other anti-gay gabbers Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
Now she’s out pitching a new book — “In Praise of Stay-At-Home Moms — a live show simulcast in movie theaters around the U.S. and a more moderate stance on same-sex marriage.
In a recent chat with CNN’s Larry King, Dr. Laura praised same-sex committed relationships as “a beautiful thing and a healthy thing.” That’s a far cry from years past, when anti-gay rhetoric on her radio show prompted heated opposition to the launch of her planned television. The controversy caused advertisers to pull out and the show quickly died.
More from her interview with King:
KING: But you’ve always favored that marriage must be between a man and woman.
SCHLESSINGER: I’m very big on human beings finding love, attachment and commitment and being faithful to it, because there’s more to benefit when there is real true commitment and faithfulness to it. I still believe, as just every president has, and all the people who ran for office, that marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman. So not calling it marriage works for me. But that two people would have that sort of commitment to me is very healthy and very positive thing in their lives and society as a whole.
KING: So, you favor marriage between a man and a woman, but you applaud the fact that even people of the same-sex can have that kind of commitment to each other.
SCHLESSINGER: That’s a beautiful thing and a healthy thing.
Watch the interview in the video above. In it, Dr. Laura also seems to offer support to stay-at-home moms who are lesbians.
Back to her one-woman show: The episode is set for May 5 and it can be seen at more than 450 movie theaters across the U.S., including eight in metro Atlanta.
But here — a hot bed for conservative and Libertarian radio jocks — Dr. Laura remains relegated to the weak-signaled WCFO with a nighttime broadcast — so it’ll be interesting to see if she still can pull an audience in metro Atlanta. She’s pitching the show as a celebration of stay-at-home moms.
Q: So what’s this show going to be like?
A: It’s just me on the stage, a one-woman show. I’ll be rejoicing motherhood in a positive way when so many negatives are going on. It’ll be a multi-media kind of thing. They’ll be music and video, slides and commentary from people.
Q: Any singing and dancing.
A: I may dance. I won’t sing. I’ve got a great voice for speaking.
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