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Hillary Clinton: A Republican president will set gay rights back years

Hillary Clinton: A Republican president will set gay rights back years

Hillary Clinton has pledged to extend federal protections to LGBTI employees, ban 'conversion therapy' for minors and widen access to HIV/AIDS treatment.

Hillary Clinton has warned a Republican president would set LGBTI rights back years.

‘On 20 January 2017, the next president of the United States will walk into the White House,’ she said during the third Democratic presidential debate on Saturday (19 December).

‘If, heaven forbid, that next president is a Republican, I think it’s pretty clear we know what will happen.’

‘A lot of the rights that have been won over years – from women’s rights to voter rights to gay rights to worker rights – will be at risk.

She continued: ‘This is a watershed election. I know how important it is that we have a Democrat succeed President Obama in the White House.

‘And I will do all that I can in this campaign to reach out and explain what I stand for and what I will do as president.’

The former secretary released a policy brief last week, in which she pledged to extend federal protections to LGBTI employees, ban ‘conversion therapy’ for minors and widen access to HIV/AIDS treatment including PrEP.

On the other side, six Republican presidential candidates, including frontrunners Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, have pledged to sign the First Amendment Defense Act – which would allow businesses to discriminate against gay couples –  within their first 100 days in office.

Watch Clinton’s closing statement below: