Yesterday, Hillary Clinton announced her campaign for the 2016 U.S. Presidential race, so we decided to look at some of her policy stances on LGBT and other issues. Let’s see where she stands…
She supports LGBT rights worldwide
In her historic 2011 address to the United Nation’s human rights group in Geneva, Clinton said, “Being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.” She then went on to compare religious and cultural justifications for violence against LGBT people to similar justifications used to uphold, “honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation.”
She opposes anti-LGBT “religious freedom” laws
Not only did Clinton tweet in opposition to Indiana’s “Religious Freedoms Restoration Act” which allowed businesses to legally discriminate against LGBT citizens, she also called the Supreme Court’s 2014 Hobby Lobby decision allowing religious businesses the right to refuse insurance coverage for contraceptives “a really bad slippery slope.”
Supports same-sex marriage
Until 2003, she continued to support her husband’s so-called Defense of Marriage Act which forbade the federal government from recognizing legal same-sex marriages. She has since stated her support for legalized same-sex marriages “personally and as a matter of policy and law.”
She supports abortion but opposes comprehensive sex-education
In a 2009 Congressional hearing, Clinton said, “Family planning is an important part of women’s health and reproductive health includes access to abortion that, I believe, should be safe, legal, and rare… Keeping women and men in ignorance and denied the access to services actually increases the rate of abortion.”
In a seemingly contradictory stance however, she also supports abstinence-focused sex education in high schools, saying “[Supporting] programs that reinforce the idea that abstinence at a young age is not just the smart thing to do, it is the right thing to do.”
She has been silent on transgender military service
While Clinton has not officially stated her position on transgender military service, from 2007 onward she supported the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the military’s ban on openly gay service members. As the head of the U.S. State Department, she helped ensure that transgender Americans could update the gender on their passports, revealing some sympathy with trans issues.
She supports gender equality
Clinton has said that she wants the U.S. Congress to ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to eliminate “all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.”
She supports net neutrality
In a 2010 speech, Clinton affirmed, “We stand for a single internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas.” Seemingly, she would oppose attempts by internet service providers to block or throttle content of all sorts, whether sexual health information or just countercultural TV and film (including LGBT content).
She is cautious about medicinal and legalized marijuana
In short, she prefers a state-by-state approach to legalization and says that she’d like additional research on the medical benefits of weed.
She supports illegal spying programs and opposes national security whistleblowers like Edward Snowden
Clinton voted for the 2001 and 2006 Patriot Act which legalized domestic wiretapping, the government seizure of business records, and the domestic surveillance of suspected terrorists. Slate.com also points out that Clinton’s Department of State directed American international diplomats to spy on other diplomats and U.N. officials.
After Edward Snowden leaked details of the of National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance programs, Clinton demonstrated a lack of understanding regarding U.S. whistleblower protections and said that Snowden’s leak “gave all kinds of information… to… terrorist groups,” even though no evidence has proved that claim.
All that being said, we also found an article with hints about her possible economic platform too, if you’re into that sort of thing.