Hillary Clinton announces support of same-sex marriage

McClatchy NewspapersMarch 18, 2013 

Another sign Hillary Clinton may run for president in 2016?

The former secretary of state, senator and first lady on Monday endorsed same-sex marriage in a video distributed by the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign.

“I believe America is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being," Mrs. Clinton said.

Her announcement comes weeks before the Supreme Court hears a pair of cases involving same-sex marriage.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden had both come out for same-sex marriage, but Clinton had not, though she did protect the rights of gay couples when she was secretary.

Last week, Bill Clinton expressed support for overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law — which he signed — that requires the federal government to view marriage as between a man and a woman for legal purposes.

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