Hillary Clinton Defends Same-Sex Marriage As A Constitutional Right

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On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Hillary Clinton has now publicly taken the position that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. According to The New York Times, Adrienne Elrod, a spokeswoman for Hillary for America, made the following statement:

Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right.

Clinton’s statement is the clearest expression to date that her campaign plans to fully embrace marriage equality, and that should she become President, Hillary Clinton would be a strong advocate for LGBT Americans. Her position also contrasts sharply with the opinions held by the entire Republican field. Every announced Republican presidential candidate opposes marriage equality, despite the fact that a majority of Americans now support allowing same-sex couples to wed.

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Clinton’s views on gay marriage have evolved over the past decade. Like many other politicians, Clinton took a rather cautious position when public opinion was more divided on the issue. However, as public sentiment has shifted towards wider acceptance of same-sex marriage, Clinton has stepped forward to defend marriage equality more vigorously.

With the Supreme Court likely to rule on a significant same-sex marriage case in June, every presidential candidate will probably be asked to articulate their position on marriage equality this summer. By expressing unequivocal support for same-sex couples, Hillary Clinton has positioned herself well, by being direct, straightforward and unambiguous in declaring the right to marry as a constitutional right.

Her Republican opponents, who like to give lip service to individual liberty and to the U.S. Constitution, will be put in the awkward position of having to defend the untenable position that the government should have the authority to determine which couples should be allowed to marry and which couples should be denied that right. It is too early to predict how the Supreme Court will rule, or how the ruling will play out politically. However, it is clear that Hillary Clinton has made the right decision both morally and politically, by coming out forcefully in declaring marriage equality a constitutional right.

8 Replies to “Hillary Clinton Defends Same-Sex Marriage As A Constitutional Right”

  1. I may not agree with Hillary on everything, but there’s no doubt she’s a fighter for the rights of LGBT, women, and minorities

  2. This is but ONE of the many issues why the tea bag/repubs are SO SCARED of Hillary.

    The tea bag candidates have NOTHING to go with except for their 5 G philosophy

    GAYS, GOD, GUNS, GREED and GYNOCOLOGY
    stoaked with FEAR and IGNORANCE
    All these keep their base frothing at the mouth like rabid dogs

    The 14 points of Fascism
    http://www.favreau.info/misc/14-points-fascism.php

  3. She’s pro equal rights for LGBT Americans
    She opposes using “religious freedom” to justify cutting access to healthcare and discrimination
    She understands economic inequality – and wants to fix it
    She thinks anti-vaxxers are stupid
    She supports gun control
    She knows the criminal justice system in this country is broken
    She wants to fix Citizens United
    She supports other women in the climb towards equality
    She supports American Workers
    She’s Pro-Choice

  4. I wouldn’t go so far as calling her a “fighter” for LGBT rights… Hillary is a fighter for herself. Seriously, how could she not come out for marriage equality at this point? She’d be vilified.

    The important thing is that unlike her opponents, she does stand on the right side on the issues that matter–income equality, peace, the planet, and human dignity. That’s why she must be our next president–the alternatives are toxic and the outcome would be tragic. She may be a political wind vane, but she tends toward what’s right.

  5. The ‘Presidential debates’ will be a farce.

    Muddleator: “blah , blah, blah, support same sex marriage, blah, blah, blah?

    Sen. Clinton: yes. I support same sex marriage.

    Whichever GOPOS survives: Humma-humma, tap dance, flip-flop, obscure, change subject, watusi, change subject, Sen. Clinton is a gurl!!!! benghazi!!!!! humma humma… Jay-sus!!!..

  6. If they wanna get married, let them. What’s wrong with that notion?

    Oh yeah- those who can’t keep it in their own pants want to ‘preserve the sanctity of marriage’…

  7. It is marriage a personal right or a tool created by society with a goal in mind?

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