Latest Issue. Past Issues. Hillary Clinton didn't refrain from supporting same-sex marriage for political reasons—before last year, she earnestly believed that marriage equality should be denied to gays and lesbians. The admission is easily the most significant in the interview with the former senator, secretary of State, and presidential candidate, though much of the subsequent media attention has focused on the perception that there was a "heated exchange" where Clinton "lashed out" at her interviewer. In a primary, Clinton could be forced to explain a longtime position that a significant part of that Democratic political coalition now views as suspect or even bigoted. Most famously, the Silicon Valley left forced the ouster of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for a donation he made to an anti-gay-marriage ballot initiative.
FLASHBACK: Hillary Clinton Opposed Gay Marriage Forever… Until Like, Yesterday
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This was an incredibly new and important idea that people on the front lines of the gay rights movement began to talk about and slowly but surely convinced others of the rightness of that position. And when I was ready to say what I said, I said it. Obama, who is by far the most pro-LGBT rights president to date, famously supported same-sex marriage as a state senator before opposing it in when he was running for president, and then announcing he had evolved to support it in Obama did exactly what Gross suggested Clinton did. As Clinton herself stated, the country has moved rapidly on the issue, and many people who opposed same-sex marriage just a few years ago have now come to support it — and not just politicians. That work is not yet done, since winning is not the same as won.
Hillary Clinton's views evolve on gay marriage, just in time for presidential campaign
The about-face, dropped as Clinton was preparing the second of two progressive-leaning appearances in Iowa, represents a significant — if not completely unexpected — shift from her previous statements that same-sex marriage should be legislated state-by-state rather than on the federal level. The supreme court is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of state bans of same-sex marriages on 28 April, with a decision expected in June that could effectively make marriage equality legal nationwide. Since then, Clinton had repeatedly dodged press inquiries on the topic.
With the gay marriage ruling, Hillary Clinton wasted no time in wrapping herself in rainbow colored everything, while of course attacking the GOP for disagreeing with the decision. Hey, remember when Hillary Clinton opposed gay marriage? Well, Gawker does. Firstly, I apologize for not issuing a trigger warning.