Clinton just did an interview with Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff to clarify some of her positions on LGBT issues. They discussed the usual laundry list of legislation and a little bit more.
First on her noted position that only Section 3 of the DOMA should be repealed, she's sticking by it:
In 2002 and 2004, Republicans controlled Congress, but now, a year after Democrats took control of both houses, Clinton warned that it would be wrong to assume it is safe to push for a full DOMA repeal.
Lots more after the jump.
“We cannot count on the political atmosphere staying favorable,” she said. “That’s something we’ve learned to our unfortunate detriment and I think we are in a much stronger position to bury forever the Federal Marriage Amendment and other mean-spirited, discriminatory legislation.”
She repeated her call for a repeal of Section 3 of DOMA, because it prohibits the federal government from recognizing decisions made by the states in terms of enacting civil unions, domestic partnerships or, in the case of Massachusetts, full marriage rights.
Soooooooooo... how many Republicans have to support a position before the Democrats will stop preemptively capitulating?
I also enjoy the assumption that Republican Senators were listening to arguments about the FMA, that they were voting on the Amendment because they were actually worried about same-sex marriage instead of the Republican votes that could be reaped off fear-based politics.
On ENDA, she repeats that she's pro-trans-inclusion but doesn't really define what that support means:
As for other pending gay rights legislation, Clinton said she was not aware of a timetable for Senate consideration of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which passed the House last year after supporters removed a provision aimed at protecting transgender workers. She declined to comment on the House strategy of stripping the trans provision, but urged the Senate to consider a trans-inclusive bill.
“I would prefer an inclusive bill in the Senate and have been urging that that’s what the Senate would consider,” she said. “That would be in keeping with my position.”
And since a few people on this site have asked what she thinks about UAFA:
Clinton also reiterated her support for the Uniting American Families Act, which would permit partners of U.S. citizens to obtain permanent resident status.
“I’m supportive of it and the strategy was to do it as part of comprehensive immigration reform,” she said. “We still need to do comprehensive immigration reform … that is my preference.”
She reiterated her support for federal DP benefits, DADT, and partner benefits for gay partners of 9/11 casualties. And she'll march in Pride (OK, does that promise sound just a little bit desperate?):
She also said she would become the first U.S. president to march in a Gay Pride parade and that she had not heard about former Vice President Al Gore’s recent video endorsement of same-sex marriage.
What do you all think? Change anything?