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Bill Clinton announces support for New York marriage equality

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Former President Bill Clinton, who in 1996 signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, has announced his support for marriage equality, joining the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in New York state.

In a statement released by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on Thursday, Clinton — who opposed gay marriage while in the White House — said he has in recent years shifted his views:

Our nation’s permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union’ – deepening the meaning of freedom, broadening the reach of opportunity, strengthening the bonds of community. That mission has inspired and empowered us to extend rights to people previously denied them. Every time we have done that, it has strengthened our nation. Now we should do it again, in New York, with marriage equality.

For more than a century, our Statue of Liberty has welcomed all kinds of people from all over the world yearning to be free. In the 21st century, I believe New York’s welcome must include marriage equality.

Clinton’s endorsement comes as a record 58 percent of New Yorkers support legalizing gay marriage.

“There is enormous momentum right now all across the state for marriage equality,” said Joe Solmonese, HRC President. “We are grateful to President Clinton for adding his voice to the mainstream majority who support loving couples getting married in New York.”

The campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in New York comes with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and is being led by a coalition of LGBT advocacy groups, including the Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry, Human Rights Campaign, Marriage Equality New York, and Log Cabin Republicans.

“I want to be the governor who signs the law that makes equality a reality in the state of New York,” Cuomo told attendees at an Empire State Pride Agenda event in October.

Earlier this week, the former President’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, announced her support for marriage equality at a Friendfactor event.

Earlier this year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told The Advocate that she had not changed her position on marriage equality.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. this is why i love him

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10:37am
  2. another reason i love the man now :)

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10:38am
  3. I love this guy :)

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10:46am
  4. finally a president that understands!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10:49am
  5. kudos!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 11:04am
  6. The Turkey fucker who singed DOMA & DATD? Fuck him, he can go fuck his lame ass compromising piece of shit liberal self. He’s a turd.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 1:16pm
  7. Despite the fact that it is his fault for signing this into action in the first place, I can’t help but feel grateful that he’s changed his point of view, for the better. I love seeing this kind of progress. It gives me hope.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 1:19pm
  8. I met him, and he is flipping amazing! I’m glade he’s a supporter!

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 2:33pm
  9. I have to agree with h bruce
    I cant just forget that he signed such a hideous law.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 5:52pm
  10. Tooooo late….. not a presiden t anyMore

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:47pm
  11. He’s telling us- even though we never asked him to!

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:55pm
  12. Too little too late.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 8:53pm