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Hillary Clinton Praises NY Victory But Doesn't Endorse Marriage Equality in Remarks at State Dept. Pride Event: VIDEO



Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  delivered remarks this morning at an LGBT Pride event at the State Department. Clinton mentioned the "historic" New York marriage equality victory but did not say she supported same-sex marriage, Politico reports:

Clinton opposed same-sex marriage and back civil unions during her time in the Senate and while running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Earlier this year, she said in an interview that her views on the issue had not changed.

While Clinton did not offer an outright endorsement for gay marriage — something still publicly opposed by her boss, President Barack Obama — she did suggest she’s supportive of New York’s new law and she cited the changed vote of one New York Republican who said it was no longer fair for him to treat one set of his constituents differently than another.

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  1. "Marriage should be between one man and one woman and one intern"

    Posted by: Jerry | Jun 27, 2011 12:24:24 PM

  2. If she doesn't believe in marriage equality she should just STFU.

    Posted by: gaylib | Jun 27, 2011 12:25:24 PM

  3. She is not speaking as an individual or a politician...she's speaking as Secretary of State - a member of the Executive Office. I cannot imagine she is at liberty to state her personal opinions on marriage equality regardless of what they are, particularly if they don't mirror the position of the President.

    I imagine as soon as she is out of that position, you'll hear her opinion loud and clear on the issue. And frankly once Obama is reelected, I think you'll hear a different message from the White House on the issue.

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 27, 2011 12:25:40 PM

  4. Once Obama is in his second term as president, he can say whatever he wants. That's when his "evolution" will finish.

    Posted by: Kári | Jun 27, 2011 12:30:13 PM

  5. This is too bad for Mrs. Clinton because it is going to cost her and the Democratic party a lot of lost support. My husband and I contributed a nice bundle of money to her presidential campaign believing she would support our same-sex marriage and work to give us even more equality but sadly we were wrong. As the upcoming elections come our way we've agreed to only support those politicians who support the gay community and our fight for equality. That means no support for Obama, Feinstein, Pelosi, Clinton, et al. The power of the gay vote is bigger than ever.

    I'm embarrassed by California politicians - people who should have seen to it that California was the first state to pass same-sex marriage legislation and we've now lost out to NY. God Bless NY. I'm encouraging all of my gay engaged couples to fly to NY to get married. With no residency laws NY is going to rake in out-of-state money - money that could have gone to California. Again, God Bless NY and I hope the people of NY know how much we appreciate their support.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jun 27, 2011 12:33:39 PM

  6. @SAM and KARI, Im sure youre probably right, but not the bravest thing Ive ever seen.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jun 27, 2011 12:37:54 PM

  7. Even now she can't bring herself to endorse equality among Americans when essentially every NY Democrat except Diaz has endorsed it. Nice company she's keeping. And when she's in a sham marriage herself.

    Hillary Clinton is worse than useless and, with all her extremist right-wing best friends, always has been. I guess the one thing you can say for her is that she's consistent. A consistently power-mad right-wing hypocrite.

    Posted by: ohplease | Jun 27, 2011 12:38:02 PM

  8. Politicians are not leaders. They are followers.

    Andrew Cuomo is the exception that proves the rule.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 27, 2011 12:40:46 PM

  9. This whole notion that politicans who do not support us publically feel otherwise "privately" is PATHETIC!!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 27, 2011 12:41:45 PM

  10. Are there still people here who really beleive Hillary would have been a better President for gay rights than Obama? Dream on.

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 27, 2011 12:55:25 PM

  11. This is cowardly.

    If he doesn't completely f**k up between now and then, Cuomo should run in 2016. I want a president who's a complete political monster, master strategist, amazing diplomat, and principled thinker -- and who's gutta New Yawk Itayan-American accent to boot (just to confound southern Tea Partiers)!

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Jun 27, 2011 12:56:06 PM

  12. It's time to vote out these corporate a** kissing dinosaurs! The youth are taking over and we won't put up with this out dated crap. The politicians of New York got the message. Too bad the rest of these dinosaurs don't get it.

    Posted by: SpunkyBunks | Jun 27, 2011 12:58:05 PM

  13. We need to teach people to change the language of what we're fighting for.

    I don't want to be recognized or tolerated; I want to be accepted.

    I don't want Americans to have gay marriage; I want them to have Marriage Equality.

    It's not Gay Rights; it's Civil Rights.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 27, 2011 1:02:48 PM

  14. *should learn not to decline support when its offered unconditionally.

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 27, 2011 1:05:20 PM

  15. Some of you really need to take a chill pill. As someone stated she is speaking as SOS. Yes I still beleive she would have been a better president that Obama.

    Posted by: Rachel | Jun 27, 2011 1:32:30 PM

  16. Well Rachel, good thing we'll never find out what kind of president she would have been.

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 27, 2011 1:55:25 PM

  17. I wouldn't be too sure about that Jay, I think she's going to run in 2016. But, in 2016, I will only support a candidate with a clear and unambiguous position in support of marriage equality and a record of action to back it up. Cuomo looks pretty good right now.

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 27, 2011 2:15:33 PM

  18. Well if this doesn't quiet the PUMA folks then I don't know what well. As if Hillary would be better on gay-rights than Obama.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jun 27, 2011 2:20:09 PM

  19. And I love her in this Turquoise outfit ... too bad she is sleeping with Mrs. Weiner ... that almost surely guarantees she won't be elected -- we are not ready for that kind of woman in the white house -- sad!

    Posted by: David B. | Jun 27, 2011 2:23:25 PM

  20. OS2GUY, Speaker Pelosi has been an unapologetic supporter of marriage equality. She can hardly be held accountable for the passage of Prop 8. While Feinstein was slower to come around, she filmed a commercial for the No on 8 campaign. Speaker Pelosi in particular has earned the support and appreciation of the LGBT community.

    Posted by: Patric | Jun 27, 2011 2:27:53 PM

  21. @OS2GUY - Pelosi has publicly supported same sex marriage (

    Let's not be too quick to group politicians. Pelosi has long showed leadership on gay rights, from the AIDS crisis in the 80s through today.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 27, 2011 2:34:49 PM

  22. OS2GUY:

    California would've been the first state to legalize gay marriage free of court pressure.

    The state legislature passed a marriage equality bill and sent it to the governor for a signature.

    "Pro-gay Republican" Schwarzenegger vetoed it. And this was in 2005 - a full six years before NY.

    Posted by: JMG | Jun 27, 2011 2:49:04 PM

  23. California marriage equality was defeated by that great defender of the sanctity of marriage, Arnold. Marriage is between 1 man 1 woman +1 maid.

    Posted by: plaintom | Jun 27, 2011 3:06:38 PM

  24. What choice does Nancy Pelosi have but to be pro gay rights across the board given that she represents San Francisco in Congress, for crying out loud? I am not saying she is insincere and would not have the same positions if it were not absolutely necessary for her to do so for political reasons, but there is no way of knowing.

    I will make the observation that the real movers and shakers behind marriage equality and for gay rights in general now seem to be straight men; I honestly think that, at some point, many straight women are going to find this trend threatening, if not alarming.

    The prospect of male homophobia dissipating and freeing all men from their emotional and sexual dependence on women has to be greatly disturbing to them. They were sympathetic towards us when we were their little pets, but how will they react when we become more than that and the culture potentially changes radically as a result....

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 27, 2011 3:07:32 PM

  25. A Clinton, of all people, should not be giving advice on marriage. Sorry.

    Posted by: Nathan | Jun 27, 2011 3:08:56 PM

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