Non-politician Hillary Clinton has officially decided that she supports same-sex marriage, announcing her position in a video for Human Rights Campaign. In the five-minute video, posted on the HRC website today (you can watch it below), Clinton advocates for the right for gay and lesbian couples to marry, saying "I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law."
Believe it or not, the former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State has never fully drawn the line in support of gay marriage—though she did say she supported the passage of New York State's marriage bill in 2011—but most people probably won't be shocked to learn that she favors it. Particularly after her husband, who personally signed the Defense of Marriage Act as President, was forced to condem those marriage bans just this month. Nor should anyone be shocked that even Human Rights Campaign had to point out that Hillary Clinton can finally speak freely about the issue "now that she has left office" and isn't currently running for anything else. (Unless you count 2016 as "current.")
So we suppose it's also worth nothing that Mrs. Clinton's first public endorsement actually came after sitting Republican Senator Rob Portman. But she probably won't catch as much heat as he did for confessing that her "personal views were shaped over time by people I have known and loved."
I kinda forgot that Hillary Clinton wasn't already for gay marriage.— Josh Barro (@jbarro) March 18, 2013
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