Thursday, June 6, 2013
Michelle Obama's Response to Gay Protester; Hillary Clinton Supports Gay Marriage
First Lady Michelle Obama's response to a gay protester who heckled her during a Democratic fundraiser was reported in many different ways today, and I've been inundated with e-mails from friends in the LGBT community about it.
Obama was 12 minutes into a planned 20-minute speech at a couple’s home when a woman standing at the front of the small crowd interrupted, demanding that President Barack Obama sign an executive order on gay rights.
“One of the things I don’t do well is this,” the first lady said before walking down from the lectern and approaching the protester, according to a pool reporter covering the event.
Obama told the woman that people gathered in the backyard tent could "listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving,” before telling the crowd, “You all decide. You have one choice.”
You can read more here.
Hillary Clinton Supports Gay Marriage
Former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, posted a video on Youtube in support of Gay Marriage this month. You can view it with a link below, and I've posted it to the blog post previous to this one if you scroll down.
"LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones," said Clinton. "They are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage."
The announcement from Clinton comes just after a high profile Republican, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, announced his experience with his gay son had led him to support same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court is set to hear challenges to California's Prop. 8., which banned same-sex marriage in that state, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton and denies to same-sex couples survivor benefits and other federal preferences for married heterosexual couples.
Former President Clinton, Hillary Clinton's husband, and their daughter Chelsea had endorsed gay marriage in recent years, but Hillary Clinton, who was serving as the nation's top diplomat, had not. As a presidential candidate in 2008 Clinton opposed same-sex marriage but endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples.
It's nice to see that kind of support starting to surface so openly, especially from someone like Hillary Clinton who really doesn't have to come out and support anyone or anything at this point in time.
Here's the article in full, where you can also view the video.