The political future of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets as much press as the country's looming fiscal cliff. Now the chatter focuses on her on gay marriage position. She is one of the few top tier Democrats to keep silent on the topic.
In the 2008 Democratic party primary, she supported civil unions. This put her in the mainstream. All top tier candidates in that election, including then Senator Barack Obama, favored civil unions over same sex nuptials.
In a Politico article, two sources note Clinton has kept her own counsel 'because of her role as the country's chief diplomat.' However, once she no longer is the country's official foreign policy voice, she will make some sort of pro-gay marriage announcement.
The Politico article earned some pushback from a Clinton spokesperson.
'Since the day she entered the State Department, Secretary Clinton has made providing greater benefits and support to the gays and lesbians who serve our country as diplomats a top priority,' Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines emailed Politico after the article posted item posted. 'As Secretary, she is 100 percent focused on the job at hand, and nothing after that.'
If Clinton runs for the White House in 2016, being for gay marriage is near mandatory. Her party's official stance, as mentioned at the September convention, is for 'marriage equality and support [of] the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples.'
'Nothing is impossible, but it's not at all probable that a future Democratic nominee for president would be anything other than fully supportive of GB equality,' National Stonewall Democrats executive director Jerame Davis said to GSN in an article about Clinton's legacy in foreign policy.
When it comes to equality, outside of marriage, Clinton has carved a foreign policy that takes LGBT rights into account, from US embassies supporting Pride events to including ‘the conditions of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in each of its annual, country-specific Human Rights Reports.' For the first time, the US assists 'LGBT human rights defenders and civil society groups, with programmatic and financial assistance, including efforts to document human rights violations'
Approximately a year ago, her speech on International Human Rights Day was widely applauded for making a direct connection between human and gay rights.
‘Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,’ she said in Geneva.