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Hillary Clinton: The U.S. 'Must Be On the Front Lines' of LGBT Rights Around the World: VIDEO

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At the first speaking stop on a tour promoting her new memoir Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton spoke about her push for gay rights during her 2009-2013 tenior as Secretary of State -  saying that there is still much work to be done to secure global LGBT equality and that the U.S. must lead the way.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

"I began to vigorously protest with governments in many parts of the world," she said. Some countries just need to be "brought along." Others: "Are just cynical. Like what Putin's doing in Russia with all these laws against the LGBT community. That is just a cynical political ploy. I've gotten into shouting matches with top Russian officials. But I realized unless there was an argument made, a platform created, we wouldn't have as strong of a case."

"We have a long way to go, I don't want to mislead anybody," Clinton said. "This is going to be an ongoing struggle and the United States must be on the front lines."

Clinton, who was joined on stage by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, also spoke out for women’s rights and the need to reestablish a “thriving middle class.”

Check out a news report on Clinton’s stop in Chicago, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I know that she changed her mind for the votes, but I would rather vote her than GOP nuts.

    Posted by: ppp | Jun 12, 2014 6:37:22 PM

  2. Just like the GOP was "anyone but Romney in 2012", the Democrats are "anyone but Hillary in 2016".

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 12, 2014 6:48:41 PM

  3. "Tenior?" How about using words that are words? Or at least spell check?

    Posted by: Ronny | Jun 12, 2014 7:00:26 PM

  4. "Tenior?" How about using real words? Or spell check?

    Posted by: Ronny | Jun 12, 2014 7:01:45 PM

  5. Hillary's husband didn't do a whole hell of a lot to put the US "out front" on LGBT rights.

    Posted by: jason MacBride | Jun 12, 2014 7:06:26 PM

  6. Democrats want to run the woman who sat next to Bill while he made DADT & DOMA.


    Posted by: WeHo | Jun 12, 2014 7:12:14 PM

  7. Hillary represents the establishment. Think hard about the NSA, Net Neutrality, The 1% (which is not even a fraction of that), The cost of living and how most of us are not even part of the middle class, think of all this before you support her.

    Posted by: Rafael | Jun 12, 2014 7:13:57 PM

  8. What has it to do with her husband? The daughter and wife of McCain also have a different opinion from him on LGBT issues.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 12, 2014 7:15:54 PM

  9. No, No Hillary. We (you) must be in the front lines in the USA. Other countries are to run themselves. Only when the US is fully accepting of Gay people will it be time to talk to other countries. No country likes this so-called help from outside when it tries to change them. Make the USA a country that shines. Then we will be noticed. Outside coercion rarely, if ever works.

    Posted by: PeterC | Jun 12, 2014 7:19:13 PM

  10. I like a presidential candidate who isn't afraid to get into shouting matches with Russian officials.

    Posted by: bernard | Jun 12, 2014 7:43:17 PM

  11. How come you're not going with the Hillary story that everyone else is? When she lost her cool on the NPR interview when the host accused her of being a LGBT windsock and why exactly she blew one way and then another.

    Posted by: MIke | Jun 12, 2014 8:10:51 PM

  12. "I like a presidential candidate who isn't afraid to get into shouting matches with Russian officials."

    Well, she's also dodged sniper fire. LOL. And believes "everything should be done to save ANY American!", except Gay Ambassadors and then you let them burn.

    Posted by: MIke | Jun 12, 2014 8:13:48 PM

  13. A big ole 'eww, not this again'!

    Posted by: Troy | Jun 12, 2014 8:31:01 PM

  14. It's a lovely idea, but frankly, the US has come a little late to the party.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jun 12, 2014 9:11:48 PM

  15. Late compared to whom? Europeans? If you are talking about UN, she is the first high-ranking official who advocated "gay rights are human rights".

    Posted by: simon | Jun 12, 2014 10:26:44 PM

  16. I would rather pick someone who has evolved or evolving on LGBT (even it is is a political gain) rather than someone who is planning to or prosecuting us for political gain.

    Posted by: Moniker | Jun 12, 2014 10:54:25 PM

  17. And can someone name an option? A potential presidential material who supported marriage equality before 2008?

    Posted by: Moniker | Jun 12, 2014 10:56:41 PM

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