Watch Hillary Clinton get booed in 2002 for her anti-gay marriage stance
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton currently enjoys the support of mainstream (some might say “establishment”) LGBT rights organization The Human Rights Campaign. But did you know that just a few years back, Clinton did not support “full federal equality for all LGBT Americans”? It’s true.
During the 2002 “Hardball College Tour,” for which MSNBC’s “Hardball With Chris Matthews” spoke to politicians at various colleges and universities, Matthews asked then-Senator (and rumored presidential candidate) Clinton if she supported gay marriage in the state of New York. She said “no,” and the assembled crowd of University of Albany students responded with spirited boos. To which she responded with an awkward grin. Oof.
Five years later on “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” Clinton looked America’s favorite lesbian in the face and said she still didn’t support gay marriage. When asked why not, she said marriage should be left up to the states. Still a far cry from “full federal equality.”
HRC’s own website states that Clinton only announced her support of marriage equality in 2013.
In contrast, Bernie Sanders voted against the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act way back in 1996, an act that Bill Clinton signed into law. But by all means, HRC, continue supporting the candidate who only decided to support your basic rights when it became politically advantageous to do so.