Hillary Clinton Changes Her Position On Same-Sex Marriage

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has shown her support for same-sex marriage by calling on the Supreme Court to rule in favor of it as a constitutional right.

“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,” Adrienne Elrod, a Clinton spokeswoman, said in a statement.

Clinton’s support of same-sex marriage has varied over her political career.

During her 2008 presidential run, Clinton opposed same-sex marriage, supporting civil unions instead, reports CNN.

In 2013, after leaving her post as secretary of state, Clinton claimed she personally supported same-sex marriage.

In an interview with Terry Gross at NPR in June of 2014, Clinton said she believed states should make the decision on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, making it unclear whether she thought it should be a federal law where all 50 states are bound to it.

"For me, marriage had always been a matter left to the states," Clinton said at the time. "And in many of the conversations that I and my colleagues and supporters had, I fully endorse the efforts by activists who work state by state, and in fact that is what is working."

When Gross continued asking her questions on the subject, saying she was looking for “clarification” on why her views had changed and whether they were politically motivated, Clinton fired back at the accusation.

"No, I don't think you are trying to clarify. I think you are trying to say that I used to be opposed and now I am in favor and I did it for political reason and that is just flat wrong,” Clinton said.

Clinton claimed it was because she was not involved in domestic politics during her time as secretary of state and therefore not in a position to back same-sex marriage. 

"And then leaving that position," Clinton said, ”I was able to very quickly announce that I was fully in support of gay marriage and that it is now continuing to proceed state-by-state."

Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign has strong support from the LGBT community. In March, Equality California, the largest statewide LGBT advocacy group and super PAC, endorsed her run and has organized fundraisers in the gay community.

The ruling by the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage as a constitutional right is expected in June.

Sources: CNN, NPR 

Photo Source: Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America/Flickr, WikiCommons