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Hillary Clinton: The Equality Act Must Be 'Highest Priority'

Hillary Clinton

The Democrat also revealed how her evolution on LGBT rights was influenced by "personal relationships" at a recent town hall meeting.

Hillary Clinton has reaffirmed her commitment to LGBT equality.

At a recent town hall meeting at Keene State College in New Hampshire, a bisexual student asked Clinton how her stance on LGBT rights compares to other candidates, and how her "past views" on the issue have changed over time.

The presidential hopeful, who recently made fun of how her embracing of marriage equality "could have been sooner" on Saturday Night Live, revealed how her evolution was influenced by "personal relationships."

"My views did evolve, and I think most people my age would say the same thing," she said. "There might be some exceptions, but largely because of my strong opposition to discrimination of any sort and my personal relationships with a lot of people over the years, I certainly concluded that marriage equality should be the law of the land, and I was thrilled when the Supreme Court made it the law of the land."

However, Clinton also stressed that marriage equality is not the end goal of LGBT equality. She said "we've got to go further than that," pointing to employment discrimination, where "you can get married on Saturday and get fired on Monday," as an issue that still must be addressed.

"We have to pass the Equality Act," she said, referring to legislation that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal laws to include protections in public accommodations, public education, employment, housing, federal funding, jury service, legal protections, and credit for LGBT people.

She said she would make it her "highest priority."

Watch her speak about her evolution below.

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