“America is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being,” Clinton said in a video produced by the Human Rights Campaign.
The former Secretary of State, and possible Presidential Candidate in 2016, stated in the Monday’s video release that she favors same-sex marriage, saying that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”
During her tenure in President Obama’s cabinet, she attempted to remove herself from politics. During the 2012 campaign she was quoted as saying that she shared support of civil unions with the President.
Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, made a formal statement revealing his belief that the “Defense of Marriage Act” should be reversed by the Supreme Court when they review it in just over a week. He had signed the act in 1996. The act defines marriage as “between a man and a woman”.
In the video released today, Hillary Clinton said her time traveling the world as America’s top diplomat “inspired and challenged me to think anew about who we are, and the values we represent to the world.”
Those values, she said, must include full equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans to marry.
“Full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship,” she said. “That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.”
Ms. Clinton had previously hinted at her personal support for gay marriage when she spoke favorably about New York’s law allowing same-sex couples to marry.
She has joined several prominent Democrats, including President Obama who voiced his support last May.
Two hundred prominent Republicans have also petitioned the Court to overturn the “Defense of Marriage Act”. In addition to forbidding same-sex marriage, the act creates inequality in the work place.
With the addition of Senator Rob Portman a growing list of Republicans are joining Democrats in an opportunity to show that all Americans deserve equal protection and equal rights under the law.
The next step is to force the extreme right to realize that “Christian” and “patriotic” are not synonyms. Others such as myself are loyal Americans even if we don’t go to church every Sunday.
Columnist-The Guardian Express