Saying that â€śgay rights are human rights,â€™â€™ Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state, has endorsed same-sex marriage.
â€śI believe America is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being,â€™â€™ Mrs. Clinton said in a video posted Monday on YouTube by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group.
In the six-minute video she claims that gays and lesbians are “full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship.” “That includes marriage,” she says, adding that she backs gay marriage both “personally and as a matter of policy and law.”
â€śL.G.B.T. Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship,â€™â€™ she said in the six-minute video, using the abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. â€śThat includes marriage.â€™â€™
Mrs. Clinton spoke in the video of the recent wedding of her own daughter, Chelsea, saying, â€śI wish every parent that same joy.â€™â€™
Clinton’s embrace of same-sex marriage signals that the powerful politician may be considering a 2016 presidential run and trying to avoid the type of late-to-the-party caution that hurt her first bid, The Huffington Post writes.
â€śIâ€™m sure sheâ€™s been there for awhile now, and politically itâ€™s imperative for a Democratic presidential aspirant, so her timing is perfect,â€ť said Steve Murphy, a Democratic consultant who ran former congressman Dick Gephardtâ€™s 2004 presidential bid.
Her chief Democratic rivals voiced their support for gay marriage as much as seven years ago, and it’s quite popular with Democratic and independent voters.
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin told reporters on Monday that it will be “very difficult for any ultimate nominee, Republican or Democrat, to be against marriage equality” in the next presidential election.
Recent polls signal that public opinion on gay marriage has changed perhaps more rapidly than on any other major issue in recent times.
In Gallup polling last November, 53 percent of adult Americans suggested that gay marriages should have the same rights as traditional marriages have, while 46 percent felt they should not be valid.
Ryan Anderson, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., revealed to reporters that supporters of traditional marriage will continue to battle against same-sex marriages.
He went on, adding that voters have often backed them when the issues are presented clearly: “Marriage is still more popular than not,” Anderson said. “When marriage has had champions … it continues to do well” among voters.
By the way,Â In August of 2007, the now-former secretary voiced her opposition to legalizing gay marriage but tried to cast it in a less negative light.
â€śI prefer to think of it as being very positive about civil unions,â€ťÂ Clinton said at a forum held by the gay and lesbian television station Logo.
â€śItâ€™s a personal position â€¦ we have made it clear in our country that we believe in equality. How we get to full equality is the debate weâ€™re having,Â and I am absolutely in favor of civil unions with full equality â€¦ of benefits, rights, and privileges.â€ť
In June ofÂ 2011, Mrs. ClintonÂ hailedÂ the â€śhistoric vote in New Yorkâ€ť to legalize same-sex marriage.Â â€śIâ€™veÂ always believed that we would make progress because we were on the right side of equality and justice,â€ť she said.
In December of 2011, the potential candidate for the 2016 run deliveredÂ a speechÂ that she referenced in her video Monday.
â€śGay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,â€ť she declared in Geneva onÂ International Human Rights Day. â€śNo matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we are, we are all equally entitled to our human rights and dignity.â€ť