Hillary Clinton is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant same-sex couples the right to marry across the nation, a campaign spokesperson said Wednesday.
Adrienne Elrod, spokesperson for Hillary for America, told the Washington Blade that Clinton believes same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
“Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right,” Elrod said.
The response clears any uncertainty about Clinton’s position on same-sex marriage after she discussed a state-by-state approach to the issue an interview with National Public Radio last year.
HRC President Chad Griffin weighed-in on Clinton’s statement:
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) April 15, 2015
Below is an excerpt of Clinton’s moving speech to the U.N.’s human rights group in Geneva in 2011, where she declared it is a “violation of human rights” to commit violence or discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation.
It is violation of human rights when people are beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation, or because they do not conform to cultural norms about how men and women should look or behave. It is a violation of human rights when governments declare it illegal to be gay, or allow those who harm gay people to go unpunished. It is a violation of human rights when lesbian or transgendered women are subjected to so-called corrective rape, or forcibly subjected to hormone treatments, or when people are murdered after public calls for violence toward gays, or when they are forced to flee their nations and seek asylum in other lands to save their lives. And it is a violation of human rights when life-saving care is withheld from people because they are gay, or equal access to justice is denied to people because they are gay, or public spaces are out of bounds to people because they are gay. No matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we are, we are all equally entitled to our human rights and dignity.