The former first lady and Secretary of State has changed her views on gay marriage, just days after her husband did. She recorded a 6-minute long video for the Human Rights Commission.
Just weeks after leaving the office of Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has officially shared her views on gay marriage. Clinton recorded a video for the Human Rights Campaign website.
“I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples,” she said in the video. “I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and for all Americans.”
Clinton goes on to explain her experiences with equal rights and that she believes LGBT rights is a part of human rights.
“Like so many others, my views have been shaped over time by people I have known and loved, by my experience representing our nation on the world stage, my devotion to law and human rights, and the guiding principles of my faith,” she continued.
She spoke of the joy she felt when her daughter Chelsea Clinton was married and said she wishes that joy for any parent.
Polls have showed that more of America supports gay marriage than ever before. According to the Associated Press, 53 percent of Americans believe gay marriage should be valid. That is from a poll done in November. That is compared to a poll done in 1996, where just 27 percent of Americans felt they should be valid.
It was just a few weeks ago that Hillary’s husband Bill Clinton officially denounced the Defense of Marriage Act in the Washington Post. He signed the law in 1996, but has been inching away from it for years. He said in early March that he believes it should be overturned because it’s incompatible with the Constitution of the United States.
However, many believe Hillary Clinton may have an ulterior motive with the video. She is currently considered the Democratic front-runner for the 2016 presidential campaign, and this could be a political move to get her closer to that goal.
According to the Associated Press, many of the other names being thrown around for the election, including Vice President Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, all of whom support gay marriage.