When Chelsea Clinton recently sat down with Ellen DeGeneres, the conversation unsurprisingly turned to Hillary’s much-discussed stance on gay rights. Chelsea told Ellen that she “absolutely” pushed her mom to support gay marriage.
“When I got married in 2010 to my best friend it just crystallized so fundamentally to me that everyone should be allowed to marry their best friend,” Clinton said. “And so I joined the equal marriage fight in New York and we got equal marriage in New York in 2011.”
Last month, a recording was unearthed from 2000 of then-president Bill Clinton cautioning a close friend that then-New York Senator Hillary’s “general discomfort” around gay rights could get in the way of her political ambitions.
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So we have Chelsea’s wedding to partially thank for her mom’s evolving view on the issue.
That, and the Human Rights Campaign.
At HRC’s annual National Dinner, Clinton said, “You’ve helped change a lot of minds, including mine, and I am personally very grateful for that.”
In the same speech, she promised:
“You know the obstacles that remain better than I do, but I want you to know that I get it. I see the injustices and the dangers that you and and your families still face, and I’m running for president to end them once and for all.”