New York becomes 6th state to legalize same-sex marriage
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.