Hillary Rodham Clinton's Background:
Hillary Rodham Clinton was married to President Bill Clinton when he was in office 1993-2001. She is a proponent for universal health care. She is a United States Senator from New York State since 2001. She is a lawyer and partner in the Rose Law Firm, Little Rock, AK. If elected Hillary Clinton would be the first woman president in the United States. This article looks at Hillary Clinton's stand on gay and lesbian issues.
Hillary Clinton as New York's Senator:
Hillary Clinton sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Armed Services, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension and Senate Special Committee on Aging. She has been criticized by liberals for her support of the Iraq war, but praised for her support of abortion rights, education support and health care.
Hillary Clinton and the United States Senate:
Every two years the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national gay and lesbian organization, issues a scorecard for members of the Senate based on their sponsorship and voting on key issues of importance to gay and lesbian citizens. Hillary Clinton scored 89 out of 100% in the 2006 scorecard. Here's how HRC rated Hillary Clinton:
Federal Marriage Amendment:
Hillary Clinton voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment (S.J. Res. 1) which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and included language which could have prevented recognition of civil unions and domestic partnership benefits. The amendment failed by a vote of 49-48.
Hillary Clinton and Gays in the Military:
Hillary Clinton supports the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and supports the rights of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military."It hurts all of our troops, and this, to me, is a matter of national security," she said to a group of HRC supporters.
Clinton said she would work to pass a federal law outlawing employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and propose another measure extending benefits to the partners of federal employees in March 2007 at an HRC fundraiser.
Hate Crimes and HIV Support:
Hillary Clinton, in line with HRC, co-sponsored legislation to bring Medicaid coverage to low-income, HIV-positive Americans and the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act which would expand federal jurisdiction to reach serious, violent hate crimes perpetrated because of the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability of the victim.
Gay Immigration Rights:
Hillary Clinton did not co-sponsor Uniting American Families Act that would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide same-sex partners of U.S. citizens the same immigration benefits legal spouses of U.S. residents enjoy.
Hillary Clinton supports giving gays and lesbians equal rights in adopting children.
Hillary Clinton and Gay Marriage:
Some gay and lesbian voters don't feel like Hillary Clinton has done enough to support gay and lesbian rights, while others believe she is the best candidate for gay and lesbian issues. Clinton opposes gay marriage but supports civil unions between members of the same sex. During her husband's administration, she supported the Defense of Marriage Act, a law preventing the federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
"Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage always has been, between a man and a woman." - Hillary Clinton, opposing same-sex marriages, quoted in The New York Daily News.
However, in October 2006 Hillary Clinton was quoted by 365gay.com as saying,"I believe in full equality of benefits, nothing left out. From my perspective there is a greater likelihood of us getting to that point in civil unions or domestic partnerships and that is my very considered assessment."