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Bill and Hillary Clinton's Evolution on LGBT Rights: VIDEO


NBC News covered Hillary Clinton's marriage announcement on Monday night with a segment looking at her evolution on LGBT rights.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Today, ABC News asks, "Have the Clintons and Gay Activists Made Up?"

While the headline of the piece may be a bit misleading, the article points out the two very different paths Mr. and Mrs. Clinton have carved for themselves on gay rights:

Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart suggested that, in disowning DOMA, Bill Clinton should have apologized for signing it in the first place.

"As welcome as Clinton's words are, there are two that are conspicuously absent: I'm sorry," Capehart wrote. "Sorry for signing the bill. Sorry for crowing about it in radio ads on Christian radio stations during his '96 reelection campaign. Sorry for the harm it has caused same-sex couples and the income inequality it exacerbates."...

But while anger at Bill Clinton has simmered or fizzled, Hillary Clinton does not appear to be suffering the ill effects of her husband's troubled relationship with gay activists.

"As a secretary she took very strong positions and was a strong advocate and spoke all over the world, and I actually think that people see her as her own person," Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart told ABC News, referencing Clinton's work to promote gay rights internationally as Secretary of State.

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  1. Until Bill Clinton apologises for signing that brutally bigoted DOMA into law and until it has been repealed, then the Clintons are no friends of the LGBT community.

    They are subject to the same conditions as Ken Mehlman.

    Forgiveness will only be forthcoming once the massive damage they have inflicted on the LGBT community has been undone.

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 20, 2013 9:54:13 AM

  2. I spent a lot of time and money supporting Hillary Clinton in the primary against Obama. She sold out. Meanwhile, I completely missed her positions on gun control. As she has no respect for the Constitution I cannot support her any longer. I would prefer that she retire now.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 20, 2013 10:31:25 AM

  3. Politicians are weathervanes, not activists or philosophers or movement leaders. It isn't worth all this angst over their opinions. They will come around in due time.

    Posted by: melvin | Mar 20, 2013 11:13:08 AM

  4. Evolved bigots are still bigots - they're just hungry for votes.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 20, 2013 11:27:04 AM

  5. the lgbt community depends on help from all of its allies -- whether or not they were with us all along.

    Posted by: coguy | Mar 20, 2013 12:27:47 PM

  6. When Jonathan Capehart apologizes for having his head up Obama's ass for the last several years DEFENDING him REGARDLESS of what he did such as NEEDLESSLY shitcanning some 700 more gays before Congress repealed DADT...THEN he can talk. As for DOMA, sure Clinton could and should have SYMBOLICALLY refused to sign it but it would STILL have become law when the gay-panicked Congress overrode his veto. But the stupidiest thing people forget is that the federal government NEVER recognized gay relationships BEFORE it...all DOMA did was codify what had been the practice throughout our history, and likely STILL would be without enough votes in Congress even in 2013 to force them to do otherwise even were there no DOMA. But this is the way the Gay Herd runs today: Bill is always Satan, and Barack is always Saint.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Mar 20, 2013 5:28:44 PM

  7. why the media insist on a one sided view on lgbt. I have not heard anything in the media about how sinful and criminal this behavior is. It's almost as if the media is in support of the lgbt and no one else has a voice. Everything is gay in the media... Is it because of the president...we know he is gay and that is the reason why he support same sex marriages. Have we become a nation were the scum rises to the top...and everybody is blinded.....Our creator said it is a is a sin against God...take off the blinders people and stand....stop being lead by man into the pits of hell....

    Posted by: brenda | Mar 20, 2013 7:29:25 PM

  8. Brenda...all...your...sentences...don', teh gay

    Posted by: Travis | Mar 20, 2013 11:17:04 PM

  9. Also, you're not going to get much support for you panicked, religious nutbag views, mostly because this is a gay blog.

    Tired Heffer, hmm.

    Posted by: Travis | Mar 20, 2013 11:20:15 PM

  10. Evolution = How much we want to get back in the White House. They are better than the Republicans but thats all!

    Posted by: andrew | Mar 21, 2013 4:44:20 AM

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