Hillary Clinton on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Dec 30, 2010

Summary

During the 2008 election cycle, Senator Clinton stated that she supported civil unions and full legal equality but that she did not support gay marriage. She supports the overturning of "don't ask, don't tell".

While in office, Senator Clinton voted against efforts to create an amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

 

Ellen Show Appearance

In September of 2007, Senator Clinton appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show and spoke about gay marriage. She stated that she supported civil unions and full legal equality, but did not support gay marriage.

 

Speech at LGBT Pride Dinner

In June of 2010, Secretary of State Clinton spoke at an LGBT Pride dinner and described the movement as fighting against "discriminatory laws." She notes that she was the first First Lady to walk in a gay pride parade, and as  Senator she sponsored laws to give the same marriage benefits for gay and lesbian benefits.

Voting Record

2006 Constitutional Amendment

In 2006 the Senate voted on adding a constitutional amendment which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and ensured to no state would be capable of conferring marital status on a union other than a man or a woman. Hillary Clinton voted against the 2006 amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Hillary Clinton voted against the 2006 amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

2004 Constitutional Amendment

In 2004 the Senate voted on adding a constitutional amendment which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and ensured to no state would be capable of conferring marital status on a union other than a man or a woman. Hillary Clinton voted against the 2004 amendment to define marriage as one man and one woman.

Hillary Clinton voted against the 2004 amendment to define marriage as one man and one woman.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-S 2521; Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Provides that a federal employee and his or her domestic partner shall be entitled to benefits available to, and shall be subject to obligations imposed upon, a married federal employee and his or her spouse.Defines "domestic partner" to mean an adult unmarried person living with another adult unmarried person of the same sex in a committed, intimate relationship. Defines "benefits" to include federal health insurance and enhanced dental and vision benefits, retirement and disability benefits, family, medical, and emergency leave, group life insurance, long-term care insurance, compensation for work injuries, and benefits for disability, death, or captivity. Excludes members of the uniformed services from the definition of "employee."Sets forth requirements for filing: (1) an affidavit of eligibility as such a domestic partner, which shall include a certification that the employee and the domestic partner are each other's sole domestic partners and intend to remain so indefinitely; and (2) a statement upon dissolution of such a domestic partnership.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 3955; Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2006 - Cosponsor

Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2006

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