It was only four years ago Hillary Clinton was opposed to same-sex marriage, but New York City’s LGBT Community Center will kiss and make up when the group bestows Clinton with its “Trailblazer” award in April.
“Secretary Clinton will receive The Center’s Trailblazer Award in recognition of her tireless work in the fight for full equality for our LGBT community,” Outtake Online reports.
“It is an incredible privilege to honor Secretary Clinton for her lifetime of service to the American people & particularly her service on behalf of marginalized populations including the LGBT community,” says Center executive director Glennda Testone.
“The Center thanks Secretary Clinton for her tireless work to help all Americans & particularly LGBT Americans, advance in the fight for justice & equality.”
But as recently as 2013, Clinton opposed the key tenant of the gay rights movement’s activities: “marriage equality.”
Here she is in 2004 as a U.S. Senator:
“I believe marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman,” she said on the floor of the Senate.
“I have had occasion in my life to defend marriage, to stand up for marriage, to believe in the hard work and challenge of marriage. So I take umbrage at anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the Constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage, or to the fundamental bedrock principle that it 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.”
In 2013, USA Today quoted her as saying, “You know, marriage has a meaning that … I think should be kept as it historically has been, but I see no reason whatsoever why people in committed relationships can’t have … many of the same rights and the same … respect for their unions that they are seeking.”
Sounds like she was more of a bandwagon activist than a “trailblazer”. Maybe a “conversion” recognition is more appropriate?
The LGBT Community Center will present Clinton with the award on April 20.