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Watch Hillary’s Presidential Evolution On Gay Marriage

Watch Hillary’s Presidential Evolution On Gay Marriage

There’s a lot of love out there for Hillary Clinton, and there’s about to be a lot more now that she has announced via a video for the Human Rights Campaign that she supports marriage equality.

More than that, the former Secretary of State appears to be laying out a message that would not be out of place in a presidential nomination speech. Watch below:

You’ll notice this video comes with a lot of declarative statements that sound broader than those made by someone content to confine themselves to public life rather than public office. A few of the highlights include:

But I believe America is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being. That’s who we are. It’s in our DNA.

[...]

For America to continue leading in the world, there is work we must do here at home. That means investing in our people, our economy, our national security. It also means working every day, as citizens, as communities, as a country, to live up to our highest ideals and continue our long march to a more perfect union.

As the Guardian has been swift and right to point out, most other likely Democratic candidates for 2016 all endorse marriage equality, including Joe Biden, Maryland governor Martin O’Malley and New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

In fact, with support for marriage equality now firmly entrenched in the Democratic platform, one could take the view that supporting gay marriage will be a must-have quality of the 2016 nominee because the Democratic Party has made a great show of going through the Obama process of evolution, irrevocably setting itself out as the party that, unlike the Republicans, not only supports marriage equality but touts that support as a defining feature.

Even if we don’t speculate on whether this video has wider implications about Hillary Clinton’s future ambitions, her public statement is in itself an edifying contribution to the marriage equality push.

Clinton, like President Obama, did not publicly support same-sex marriage during the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee race. During her time as Secretary of State, she would not be drawn on the specific issue of her personal opinions about marriage equality but, as the video above highlights, she spoke often and very definitively on her own belief, and the administration’s, that equal rights for gay and lesbian people must be a priority.

Now, Clinton’s public affirmation of support, that “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones,” who are “full and equal citizens and they deserve the rights of citizenship,” including marriage, comes at a historic moment for gay rights as we approach the end of the month and prepare for the Supreme Court of the United states to take up two marriage equality-related cases, Windsor v United States and Hollingsworth v Perry.

Says Clinton in the above video:

Marriage after all is a fundamental building block of our society, a great joy and yes, a great responsibility. A few years ago, Bill and I celebrated as our own daughter married the love of her life, and I wish every parent the same joy. To deny that opportunity to any of our daughters and sons solely on the basis of who they are and who they love is to deny them the chance to live up to their own God-given potential.

Throughout our history, as our nation has become even more dedicated to the protection of liberty and justice for all, more open to the contributions of all our citizens, it has also become stronger, more competitive, more ready for the future. It benefits every American when we continue on that path.

While Clinton’s words alone won’t sway the Court, this is yet another voice to add to the chorus of people who have come out publicly in support of marriage equality, and that shift in thinking is important as it serves to the Court that equal access to marriage is no longer just an issue important to a fledgling minority but rather a wider issue related to how America recognizes and upholds the right to equality.

 

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5:29AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

This "evolution" is for purely political reasons! Just another flip-flop!

12:09PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

ty

10:47AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Well said, Hillary!

7:49AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

This is an important issue that just might affect the results of our next Presidential election. I'm straight but I believe everyone should be able to marry anyone they want and this is the time to start getting these messages out, especially in light of the Republicans' strong opposition to any gay rights.

1:06PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

ok.

4:34PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Obama received a large voting block on his support of gay marriage. He will do nothing to promote this, but it made good politics.

12:20PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

We all know that being gay isn’t a condition or disorder.

But yesterday, extremist Gov. Chris Christie said he just isn’t sure about signing a bill banning “gay conversion therapy” – widely denounced by experts as physically and psychologically harmful – for minors.

This after last year he vetoed marriage equality legislation that’s supported by 57% of New Jerseyans. Now he’s willing to risk the health of LGBT teens to pander to his right-wing base. It’s deplorable.

Christie is up for re-election this November.

1:27AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

ok

9:24AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

lets make this a 'do unto others' day

8:11AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Okay... If everyone wants the USA to be a Christian Theological State then:

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? “
(Mat 7:1-3)

THIS IS A WAY OF SAYING... "LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE. AND LET OTHERS LIVE THEIR'S AS WELL WITHOUT YOUR JUDGING THEM TO BE RIGHT OR WRONG"

Do the Republican right-wingers not understand this... OR perhaps the New Testament is not the part of the Bible that they wish to follow???

I am the LORD thy God
Thou shalt have no other gods
No graven images or likenesses
Not take the LORD's name in vain
Remember the sabbath day
Honor thy father and thy mother
Thou shalt not kill
Thou shalt not commit adultery
Thou shalt not steal
Thou shalt not bear false witness
Thou shalt not covet

"Thou shalt have no other gods before ME" THAT INCLUDES MAKING YOURSELF THE SUPREME JUDGE OF OTHERS... MAKING YOURSELF GOD ABOVE GOD!

Now this is from The Ten Commandments which appear twice in the Hebrew Bible, in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. According to the story in Exodus, God inscribed them on two stone tablets, which he gave to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Now maybe Republican Right-wingers just think that the 10 commandments are out-dated...

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