Bill Clinton finally comes out of the closet on gay marriage

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Bill ClintonFormer president Bill Clinton once described his position on gay marriage as evolving. Fast forward just over a month later, as reported in the Nation:

After speaking at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, DC, on July 8, the former president was asked if he supported same-sex marriage. Clinton, in a departure from past statements, replied in the affirmative.

Clinton opposed same-sex marriage during his presidency, and in 1996, he signed the Defense of Marriage Act, which limited federal recognition of marriage to one man and one woman. In May of this year, Clinton told a crowd at Toronto’s Convention Centre that his position on same-sex marriage was “evolving.”

Apparently, Clinton’s thinking has now further evolved. Asked if he would commit his support for same-sex marriage, Clinton responded, “I’m basically in support.”

Bill Clinton joins a number of other prominent Democrats supporting gay marriage, including former vice-president Al Gore, former governor Howard Dean, New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd.

Missing from the list is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has previously only affirmed her support for civil unions. Hopefully her position is evolving as well.

Post by ILO on 07/14/09 at 10:26 am