Experts say "Clinton 2016" as Hillary sets out pro-gay marriage stance
Hillary Clinton has set out her policy on gay marriage, which commentators have claimed is a sure sign that she'll run for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has come out in favour of same-sex marriage, and in favour of the spread of gay rights around the world.
In a video hosted by the Washington, D.C.-based 'Human Rights Campaign', Clinton stated, "LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones."
She remarked that her views on the subject matter had changed over time, and recounted examples of young men and women around the world who were keen to establish the same rights as US citizens in terms of practicing their homosexuality openly.
"Now having left public office," Clinton says in the 6 minute video, "I want to share some of the things I have learned, and what I've come to believe."
Clinton's comments come as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a suit challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. (DOMA). The federal law defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman.
"[T]hey are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That's why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law."
"A few years ago Bill and I celebrated as our own daughter married the love of her life and I wish every parent that same joy. To deny the opportunity to any of our daughters and sons solely on the basis of who they are and who they love is to deny them the chance to live up to their own god-given potential," she continued.
Clinton was first lady when her husband signed DOMA into law. Since then, the former president has changed his views, recently publishing an editorial arguing that the law should be overturned.
Polls in the US show increasing support for gay marriage. Various Democrats and Republicans have recently announced their backing for same-sex marriage including Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) who said he now supports same-sex marriage. Portman cited his son, who is gay, as a reason for his change.
In 2012 President Obama became the first sitting president to back gay marriage.
Commentators have remarked that Clinton's position is a sign that she is positioning herself for a 2016 Democratic presidential nomination run.
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