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Former President Bill Clinton was honored over the weekend with the Advocate for Change award at the annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, Calif.
The former president signed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act into law and oversaw the implementation of the military's discriminatory “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” ban on gays in the military but has become a proponent of LGBT rights since his time in office ended.
Clinton credited daughter Chelsea for his change of heart during his acceptance speech.
Former President Bill Clinton stuck mostly to economic issues during his speech last night at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Clinton, along with Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, ignited the crowd ahead of the official presidential nomination process.
Clinton's speech, some 48 minutes long, stayed away from social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage rights.
Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and his running-mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wi.) were the targets of much of Clinton's speech, which hit back at the GOP ticket by dissecting the Republican positions on health care and taxes.
To mark 2011 International Day Against Homophobia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued this statement earlier today, highlighting the oppression many LGBT people around the world face on a daily basis.
Hillary Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, recently came out in favor of same-sex marriage in New York (and thus presumably everywhere).
Read her full statement below:
Former President Bill Clinton favors New York allowing gay couples to marry, according to a press release issued by the Human Rights Campaign earlier today.
The HRC says that Clinton made the statement last week.
"Our nation's permanent mission is to form a 'more perfect union' - deepening the meaning of freedom, broadening the reach of opportunity, strengthening the bonds of community. That mission has inspired and empowered us to extend rights to people previously denied them. Every time we have done that, it has strengthened our nation. Now we should do it again, in New York, with marriage equality. For more than a century, our Statue of Liberty has welcomed all kinds of people from all over the world yearning to be free. In the 21st century, I believe New York's welcome must include marriage equality," Clinton's statement says.
Retired Army Maj. Jeff Cleghorn, a gay attorney from Atlanta, traveled to Washington, D.C., late last month to lobby Congress to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” The trip was part of an organized campaign by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Fund and the Human Rights Campaign.