Hillary Clinton wasted no time in co-opting today’s historic Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage as a promotional device for her presidential run. “Proud to celebrate,” Clinton declared on Twitter, despite the fact that relatively recently she thought same sex marriage should remain illegal.
The video above is from 2004, when Clinton was a senator. In it, she says ‘I believe marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman.” The talk continued:
“...the fundamental bedrock principle that [marriage] exists between a man and a woman, going back into the midst of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principal role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults.”
A decade prior, she stood by her husband as he signed the Defense of Marriage Act, a piece of legislation that codified gay America’s second-class status. So it’s fair to say that Hillary Clinton has had a longstanding opposition to gay marriage—either that, or she was too afraid to speak truthfully about her convictions for political reasons, which is really just as bad. Only in 2013, as a presumptive 2016 presidential contender, did Clinton reverse her stance.
But today on Twitter, not unlike Taco Bell broadcasting how on fleek and lit the Gordita Supreme is for bae, Hillary Clinton is acting like she’s been championing equal rights all along:
Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality—& the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible. -HJune 26, 2015
Our new favorite map. RT if you live in a state where marriage equality is law. pic.twitter.com/7GlCwCJHygJune 26, 2015
Just think: if every American ran for president as a Democrat, we’d live in a society without prejudice.