Gay Marriage Bad, But Gays in NYC "Great": Trump

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    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10: Donald Trump, speaks at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC), on February 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. The CPAC annual gathering is a project of the American Conservative Union. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Donald Trump

    Donald Trump may have some New Yorkers doing a double-take, after he expressed his opposition to same-sex marriage while also saying he digs the city's robust gay population.

    "New York is a place with lots of gays, and I think it's great. But I'm not in favor of gay marriage," Trump said in an interview that aired late Monday night on Fox News. "

    Asked about his positions on social issues by Greta Van Susteren, Trump said he doesn't support abortion rights or gay marriage, insisting he's in favor of "almost all conservative principles."

    Trump entered into the gay marriage fray in 2009, when he defended Carrie Prejean's stated opposition to gay marriage. Trump, who owns the Miss USA pageant, defended Prejean for speaking out, comparing her views on gay marriage to President Barack Obama's.

    The real estate mogul, who's mulling a presidential bid, spoke at CPAC last week after being invited by GOProud, the Republican pro-gay rights group.

    GOProud organizers pushed a write-in campaign to boost Trump in the conservative conference's straw poll. That effort ultimately failed, but Trump's rousing, populist speech turned heads, and he's been eating up media oxygen ever since. With interviews that aired on all three cable networks and a TV station in New Hampshire, Trump was all over the place on Monday.

    During his Fox News interview, Trump aimed to position himself as a strong conservative choice in the Republican field, saying he was as conservative as any guest Van Susteren has had. Sizing up his potential competitors for the GOP nomination, he didn't seem impressed.

    "I know many of them and they're nice people," he said. "But, can they do the job? Perhaps not."