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Hillary Clinton Backslides On Her “Gay Pride”

From, of all places, CNN:

Sen. Clinton dodges question on gays, immorality

March 15, 2007

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton sidestepped a question about whether she thinks homosexuality is immoral Wednesday, less than two weeks after telling gay-rights activists she was “proud” to stand by their side.

Clinton was asked the question by ABC News, in the wake of Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace’s controversial comment that he believed homosexual acts were immoral.

“Well, I’m going to leave that to others to conclude,” she said

[H]er initial refusal to answer the question that did not sit well with some gay and lesbian activists.

“I assume that Senator Clinton — who has spoken out strongly against military discrimination, who stands for civil unions and respect for same-sex couples — understands that gay Americans are not immoral, and she ought to say so clearly,” said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, a group that advocates same-sex marriage.

Other public figures have been more forceful in taking issue with Pace’s comments, making Clinton’s non-answer even more problematic…

Less than two weeks ago, Clinton received a standing ovation when she addressed the leadership of the Human Rights Campaign, a major gay-rights group.

In her remarks, Clinton expressed strong support for a litany of gay-rights initiatives, including extending civil unions and domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples and allowing them to adopt children. She 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.

“We want to make sure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal benefits, from health insurance and life insurance to Social Security and property rights and more,” she said.

Clinton also said she thinks the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which keeps gay men and lesbians from serving in the military if they publicly acknowledge their sexual orientation, should be repealed. The policy was put in place in 1993 by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

“It hurts all of our troops, and this, to me, is a matter of national security,” she said.

The senator even said she “loved the fact” that she and Human Rights Campaign share the initials HRC.

Noting her work with the HRC to defeat a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Clinton said, “This is exactly the kind of partnership we will have when I am president.”

“I am proud to stand by your side,” she said. “Just as you always have an open door to my Senate office, you will always have an open door to the White House.”

You have to wonder why she is doing such a 180.

It must be due to polling. (So to speak.)

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