Bil Browning

Bill Clinton Accepts Award He Doesn't Deserve

Filed By Bil Browning | April 21, 2013 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, The Movement
Tags: Advocate for Change Award, Bill Clinton, GLAAD awards, political pandering

Former President Bill Clinton did a lot of good things for our country. His record on LGBT issues, however, is far from stellar. In fact, as President, his history is extremely negative.

While he now supports marriage equality, he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law as part of a political calculation. While he supported full military inclusion for gays and lesbians, he signed Don't Ask Don't Tell into law. Only after he left office did he become a real supporter of our rights - and the public's view on our issues had shifted dramatically in that time. As with any politician, he followed the winds of popular opinion.

Last night GLAAD honored President Clinton with their "Advocate For Change" award based on his recent outspokenness on LGBT rights. Sadly, he's been advocating for a change from policies he instituted. He did not deserve this award in the least.

And one lone audience member had the courage to say so directly. There's the hero of the evening - one person speaking truth to power. That's how change is made.

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