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Hillary Clinton’s About-Face on Gay Marriage

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 2, 2014

It is instructive to follow how politicians radically change their public positions in order to benefit their own political careers.  There is no better example than Hillary Clinton’s about-face concerning gay marriage.

hillary clintonHillary supported the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that was signed into law by Bill Clinton.  This law was quite specific, banning any federal recognition of gay marriages.

Hillary’s anti-gay marriage position continued much later.  While running for the 2000 New York Senate seat Clinton supported “domestic partnership measures”, a position that opposes gay marriage.  During that same year, Hillary said: “Marriage has 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,” making her position on the matter unequivocal.

Clinton’s anti-gay marriage position remained unchanged in June 2003 when during an interview in New York she said: “You know, marriage has a meaning that … I think should be kept as it historically has been, but I see no reason whatsoever why people in committed relationships can’t have … many of the same rights and the same … respect for their unions that they are seeking.  And I would like to see that be more accepted than it is. … I also think that we can realize the same results for many committed couples by urging that states and localities adopt civil union and domestic partnership laws.”  She continued with a similar position through the 2008 presidential race.

Ms. Clinton has since done an about-face and has become an ardent supporter of gay marriage.  This year Hillary said: “LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship.  “That includes gay marriage.”

It would be unfair to criticize Ms. Clinton merely because she changed a position.   It does, however, bring into question why it took me five years for her to see the light on such a major issue.  It is likely that political expediency has more to do with the change than any Eureka moment.

Any conservative today takes a stance on gay marriage that Ms. Clinton took just a few years ago will be branded a bigot, intolerant or worse.  Ms. Clinton received the past from these Leftist fascists because she was one of them.

The Libertarian bent of this Blog leads us to conclude that the government has no business in the private lives of adults.  As for defining what marriage is, that should be left to the will of the people.  At the same time, the radical Left’s badgering of any that disagree with their position is more dangerous to society than any “intolerant” behavior from those who oppose gay marriage.

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