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Hillary Clinton
showing more support for marriage equality

Hillary Clinton
showing more support for marriage equality

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Following Wednesday's New Jersey supreme court ruling that same-sex couples are entitled to the same marriage rights as heterosexuals, Sen. Hillary Clinton addressed a gathering of LGBT groups, saying that she "has certainly evolved" in her thinking regarding same-sex marriage.

Sen. Hillary Clinton, addressing a gathering of LGBT organizations Thursday, said that she "has certainly evolved" on gay issues, Gay City News reported.

Clinton spoke following Wednesday's New Jersey supreme court ruling that same-sex couples are entitled to the same marriage rights as heterosexuals. She also confirmed support for gubernatorial front-runner Eliot Spitzer, a strong backer of marriage equality.

"My position is consistent. I support states making the decision," Clinton said. "And if anyone ever tried to use our words in any way, we'll review that. Because I think that it should be in the political process and people make a decision, and if our governor and our legislature support marriage in New York, I'm not going to be against that.

"So I feel very comfortable with being able to refute anybody who tries to pit us or pit me against Eliot. I am not going to speak out against, I'm not going to oppose anything that the governor and the legislature do."

However, Clinton said, getting the public to accept the term "gay marriage" will be especially difficult. "If you go the next step and say, 'But I want what is called marriage,' you're going to have a problem."

Clinton explained that her decision not to defend same-sex marriage protection on a federal level was a strategic one and said, "Very few Democrats spoke, because maybe you thought one way, which is that you want people out there speaking for us. We thought...force the Republicans out there, make them look like they're trying to enshrine discrimination in the Constitution. We don't even want to dignify it."

Clinton also slammed the Bush administration, saying, "They put Nixon to shame." (Hassan Mirza, Gay.com/U.K.)

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