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President Bill Clinton Accepts GLAAD Award in Los Angeles: VIDEO

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President Bill Clinton accepted GLAAD's 'Advocate for Change' Award at the GLAAD Awards in Los Angeles last night and while he did not, as GLAAD had not in its announcement that Clinton would be receiving the award, mention that he was the one who had signed it into law in 1996, one heckler (at 5:35 in the video) reminded the crowd of that fact.

"You signed it!" yelled the attendee.

Clinton, without acknowledging the voice, did promise to keep on the path of advocating for equality:

"I want to keep working on this until not only is DOMA no longer the law of the land, but until all people - no matter where they live - can marry the people they love."

Clinton called for the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA in a Washington Post editorial in March.

He added that there is still work to do:

"You have helped me come to the place where I am today. That's why you are the true agents of change...I believe you will win the DOMA fight, and I think that you will win the constitutional right to marry. If not tomorrow, then the next day or the next day...I supported and tried to pass ENDA without success. We still need to pass that. We still need to fight bullying and we need the right kind of immigration reform that doesn't discriminate against anybody."

And attributed his evolution on gay rights issues to his daughter Chelsea:

"She has had a profound impact in many ways on the way I see the world. It's sort of humbling when you get to be my age when your child knows more than you do about everything....Chelsea and her gay friends and her wonderful husband have modeled to me how we should all treat each other regardless of our sexual orientation or any other artificial difference that divides us. Many of them come and join us every Thanksgiving for a meal. I have grown very attached to them. And over the years, I was forced to confront the fact that people who oppose equal rights for gays in the marriage sphere are basically acting out of concerns for their own identity, not out of respect for anyone else."

Near the end of his speech, Clinton did seem to note that he had some detractors in the audience:

"You are the agents of change. I'm getting this award tonight because I was the object of your affections - or not, as the case may be."

Watch his speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

A full list of GLAAD Award winners HERE.

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  1. Ugh. Disgusting.

    I'm with this so called "heckler" on this. Id have done the same thing. He may have been in a touch spot but he freaking signed DOMA in to law. That's not okay even if he did it to prevent a national ban. And he should never be given a reward by the gay community since he hasn't DONE anything for gay people to make up for signing DOMA. Hilary is way more of an ally than he will ever be. If the b****** cant even stay faithful to his wife, what makes you think he will for the gay community. He is only with us cuz its politically expedient just like he signed DOMA cuz that was politically expedients at the time.

    I feel bad for Hilary quite frankly, and ive always thought he was a trashy man to get serviced by another woman without his wife's knowledge in the F****** oval office. I certainly don't hold him as any sort of role model. People complained about Anderson Cooper getting an award, but if Clinton gets one AC sure as hell should since he actually HAS done things for the community.

    Instead of an award he needs a punch in the face for being a lecherous dbag.

    Posted by: ble.d_out.colo.r | Apr 21, 2013 9:50:21 AM


  2. Shouldn't we be pleased that he's realised he was wrong and is now working against it and fighting for us?

    Posted by: danswon | Apr 21, 2013 10:01:34 AM


  3. Our country was so much more conservative when he was elected- he had to walk the middle ground. "The era of big government is dead." As it is, people acted like he was a socialist. He did what he could, and there was a veto proof majority right behind his signing of DOMA. Lest we forget the great majority of Americans favored it at the time, and there is a lot of pluribus in this unum. He wasn't just our president.

    Don't ask, don't tell was, at the time, a step forward. It was a compromise that allowed gays to serve secretly, not openly, but still to serve. It was almost radical at the time.

    He is no more lecherous than I (glad the people who post here have never been to a back room or a bathhouse) and shares with us the pain of public ridicule for sexuality that is meant to be private.

    Bill Clinton is a great man, was a great president, and we should embrace him. The Onion was prescient when he left office and Bush came in with the headline "Our Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity is Over." How freakin' true was that?

    Please Hillary, please. Run in 2016. We love you both, warts and all.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 21, 2013 10:14:17 AM


  4. He signed it, get over it. Your mom would have signed it. Your dad would have signed it. Any other president would have signed it. In 1996.

    Better a Clinton DOMA than a Republican-led FMA push, which by the way they had the votes for.

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 21, 2013 10:21:13 AM


  5. Yes, Bill Clinton signed DOMA in 1996.

    DOMA would have become law in 1996 with or without his signature. Check the vote in Congress, it was more than enough to override a veto.

    Had he vetoed the bill, passed by a very homophobic Congress, it would have been used against him during the 1996 election. A President Dole in 96 was a very real possibility.

    Does anyone really think we would be in a better position now if Dole had been elected in 96?

    Posted by: AdamTh | Apr 21, 2013 10:29:23 AM


  6. Are you serious? This man not only signed DOMA, but ran radio ads promoting his support during his 1996 re-election campaign. He had a choice not to, but cynically and cravingly triangulized this bill to appeal to hate mongers for his own gain. Sorry, but no Billary shall ever have my support.

    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/03/08/bill-clintons-desperate-bid-to-rewrite-history/

    Posted by: Sean | Apr 21, 2013 10:35:24 AM


  7. I'm with the balanced view and Rob has it as do the others here in favor of Clinton. He did what was best for us at the time.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 21, 2013 10:43:06 AM


  8. He probably thinks he deserves the award.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 21, 2013 11:03:12 AM


  9. Notice who Bill never once mentioned by name: Hillary.

    Hillary 2016.

    Posted by: Bobby | Apr 21, 2013 11:08:49 AM


  10. No thanks, he's really not my friend.

    Posted by: barney | Apr 21, 2013 11:13:31 AM


  11. My freaking God. We should be praising his evolution not belaboring the 1990s. Let it GO. Now is now. 17 years ago is a long time regarding gay marriage. He's a sincere advocate now. There's a woman I want to high school with who's has made a complete reversal on gay issues in the past 5 years. Maybe I should just spit on her and remind her what she thought 10 years ago.

    Show some gratitude. Forgive not only Clinton but the consiousness of the majority of the country 17 years ago. He's acknowledged he signed it and it was a mistake. He signed an amicus to SCOTUS for the March trial saying it was a mistake. GET OVER IT, move on so we don't all have to stew in the past.

    Posted by: will | Apr 21, 2013 11:15:53 AM


  12. Hmm. There's a reason I stopped reading comments on this site and am only doing so because I'm waiting for a call on a slow Sunday morning. So Clinton is awful. And who is better? Reagan, Bush, Dole, McCain, Bush, and Romney?

    Try to learn about this thing called reality before you post stupid comments. He admitted to mistakes and many of you criticizing him can't even spell.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 21, 2013 11:18:23 AM


  13. yes we should be pleased but to give him an award... that is a little crazy.

    DOMA and don't ask don't tell has caused so much hurt how can anyone give this fool an award. I am so disgusted.

    Posted by: justin | Apr 21, 2013 11:19:03 AM


  14. Clinton was ahead of his time.

    One of his first acts as president was to seek gay inclusion in the military.

    He got slapped down bad - don't ask/don't tell and a Republican house.

    He was so cowed that he signed DOMA.

    But he did sign it.

    Posted by: Fahd | Apr 21, 2013 11:27:56 AM


  15. He deserves nothing.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 21, 2013 11:29:10 AM


  16. 1996 guys. It was a different time. Let it go. At least people are finally realizing their past mistakes.

    Posted by: Anthony | Apr 21, 2013 11:29:29 AM


  17. David E., always taking on the role of Old Testy Judgement.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 21, 2013 11:52:45 AM


  18. "Realizing their past mistakes" is the shiniest lipstick one could possibly put on the pig of Clinton's opportunism.

    What is GLAAD supposed to be about anyway? Actual achievement in the struggle for LGBT rights or a dog-and-pony-show for "celebrities."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 21, 2013 11:54:33 AM


  19. Yes he's evolved. Yes he's regretted his signing DOMA. Yes it was a different world then. Yes they had enough votes in congress to override any veto, but, the fact is, he still could have vetoed it. Instead he bowed to evil and signed his name on the dotted line. He was on the wrong side of history and will have that stain on his record forevermore. Sorry, but the person who set back marriage equality for decades does not deserve a freakin' GLAAD award!

    Posted by: Brad | Apr 21, 2013 11:59:11 AM


  20. PAUL R has it right. Accept the reality. Had it been another homophobe for president instead of Clinton, gays would have been in buried in dirt. It does not matter how passionate about gay rights some of the commenters here feel if you don't have any ability to help. While being a minority still persecuted by majority, the gays cannot afford to shun away any allies, especially those who are still powerful in the political arena.
    Currently the best gay ally who can defeat the next republican is Hillary. So lets hope for a Hillary 2016 or any pro-gay president (who can realistically win).

    Posted by: Ant | Apr 21, 2013 12:05:01 PM


  21. What I take from this speech is the one truth which has changed the perception of gays and will advance all our rights to equality and non-discrimination, it is the fact that it was the younger generation who are now completely comfortable with their gay friends.
    The world has changed for the better since 1996.
    Clinton did what could have been done; he would have done more had that been possible. But AIDS was still rampaging, killing half a generation. Gays were regarded as infected sleazy beings. Celebrity names were being described as being "full blown"......the most loathsome phrase ever concocted.
    It was in that context that Clinton managed to change the laws on serving in the Military.
    I think he was and is a great man.
    @ bled.out. color:
    Get over yourself .

    And yes, Hillary must run,
    Hillary must win.

    We need her to nominate SCOTUS justices otherwise all our gains will be wiped out.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 21, 2013 12:08:20 PM


  22. He certainly doesn't deserve this award, especially when we had guys like Brendan Ayanbadejo being threatened with firing if he kept advocating for our equality (and happily continuing) and Chris Kluwe being so bold as to call the guy demanding Brendan's firing a "lustful cockmonster". GLAAD shows themselves to be utterly ridiculous.

    Posted by: Jersey | Apr 21, 2013 12:10:56 PM


  23. I'm happy that he has changed his mind. However to be awarded something from anyone is a slap in the face. He does not need one trophy to parade in front of people to prove he is a hero for Gay citizens. He's not. He simply has changed his mind. HE HAS DONE NOTHING FOR GAY CITIZENS THAT YOU HAVE NOT DONE. You should get the award. Yeah you, that guy over there.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Apr 21, 2013 12:12:57 PM


  24. The hostility is amazing. Only homocentric politicians are to be praised...there are no evolving attitudes...as the gay community is one of the most prejudiced, racist and age belligerent communities one can encounter. Get a mirror, foks.

    Posted by: Gayheart | Apr 21, 2013 12:38:48 PM


  25. Alright then, Sargon and Jersey go ahead present each other with an award and move along; maybe write an amicus brief or have conversations with your political colleagues.

    Posted by: Au | Apr 21, 2013 12:41:21 PM


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