Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton published a video statement officially supporting marriage equality in a blog for Human Rights Campaign (HRC). The 6-minute video was released Monday morning as Clinton joins a growing list of politicians and public figures vocally supporting same-sex marriage.
“I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law, embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and all Americans,” Clinton said in the video.
“LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship.”
Experts say Clinton is the strongest Democratic candidate if she decides to run for president in 2016, and that the official endorsement of same-sex marriage was a smart move.
The LGBT rights issue is a cause that politicians are taking up across the political spectrum, with some Republicans crossing the aisle to advocate for equality.
Clinton has been vocal about her support of the LGBT community in the past, but went in to more depth on the subject now that she is no longer serving as Secretary of State, feeling she has more freedom to express her personal views.
“Now having left public office, I want to share some of what I’ve learned and what I’ve come to believe,” said Clinton.
“For America to continue leading in the world, there is work we must do here at home.”