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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 all Americans." The comments put her in line with other Democrats at the time who were mentioned as potential 2016 presidential contenders, including Vice President Joe Biden, New York Gov. June 2013: Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton issued a joint statement about the U. Supreme Court ruling overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.The congratulatory note didn’t mention that Bill Clinton had signed the law back in 1996: "the Court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds us all back in our efforts to form a more perfect union." June 2014: NPR’s Terry Gross grilled Clinton about her past positions’ on gay marriage in what led to a testy exchange.The reported that Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said she supported the Defense of Marriage Act but added that "same-sex unions should be recognized and that same-sex unions should be entitled to all the rights and privileges that every other American gets." January 2000: At a news conference in White Plains, Clinton said, "Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.But I also believe that people in committed gay marriages, as they believe them to be, should be given rights under the law that recognize and respect their relationship." April 2000: Clinton again expressed support for civil unions.As polls showed that a majority of Americans supported same-sex marriage, Clinton’s views changed, too.She announced her support for same-sex marriage in March 2013.
Currently about three dozen states allow same-sex marriage.
Gross tried to get Clinton to explain if she had truly changed her stance or if the shifting political landscape made it possible for her to announce her support.
At one point Gross asked, "Would you say your view evolved since the '90s or that the American public evolved, allowing you to state your real view? (Laughing) And I think we have all evolved, and it's been one of the fastest, most sweeping transformations." April 2015: On the day of the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments about same-sex marriage bans in a handful of states in April, Clinton changed her "H" logo to rainbow-colored and tweeted a message of support: "Every loving couple & family deserves to be recognized & treated equally under the law across our nation.
#Love Must Win #Love Cant Wait." Our conclusion Clinton opposed same-sex marriage as a candidate for the Senate, while in office as a senator, and while running for president in 2008.
She expressed her support for civil unions starting in 2000 and for the rights’ of states to set their own laws in favor of same-sex marriage in 2006.