|Geann Pineda |||Apr 16, 2015 09:50 PM EDT|
(Photo : Reuters) Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with local residents as she campaigns at the Jones Street Java House in LeClaire, Iowa April 14, 2015.
Hillary Clinton. 2016 presidential hopeful, urged the Supreme Court to allow lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people to marry --- not just in certain states, but nationwide.
Clinton's support for same-sex marriage was highlighted as she launched her second bid for the White House this week. There, she said that the LGBT community must have the constitutional right to marry.
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"Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right," a spokesman for the Hillary for America campaign said.
Clinton's appeal to the Supreme Court comes ahead of the expected ruling by the high court in June on whether states can ban gay marriages.
Clinton was not a supporter of same-sex marriage at first, and her stand on the issue varied through the years. During her first run for the White House in 2008, Clinton clearly opposed same-sex marriage, just like President Barack Obama.
Her opposition to gay marriage somehow echoed her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who during his time at the White House, signed a law that prevents same-sex marriages from being legally recognized.
Clinton first supported gay marriage in 2013, but it was not absolute. She thought each state must decide on their own whether it should be legalized or not.
Now, with her change of heart, the former Secretary of State had placed same sex couples at the center of her campaign, pushing for their rights including the liberty to wed anywhere in America.
Support for the LGBT community has been a growing trend among politicians running for elective office as gays are seen to be an influential and significant constituency.
Thirty four percent of American voters have said they prefer presidential candidates who support gay marriages and only 26 percent prefer a candidate who opposes it.
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