Sec. of State Hillary Clinton said she simply “had” to take a question from a man wearing an “I Love Hillary” tee at a Q&A session at the European Parliament in Brussels earlier today. And what did this young man want to know? What, exactly, her boss (that would be President Obama) planned to do for gay men and women around the world. Hint: Clinton received a standing ovation at the end of her speech.
Responded Clinton: “Human rights is and always will be one of the pillars of our foreign policy. In particular, persecution and discrimination against gays and lesbians is something we take very seriously.”
A perfect answer, according to the Financial Times‘ Brussels Blog: “Clinton’s performance was brilliantly executed in that she pitched her message at exactly the level the European audience wanted. They wanted to hear an American talk like a European, and that’s what they got.”
As a brief reminder, Clinton:
• Voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment, which failed in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 49-48.
• Supports the repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” provision, which her husband enacted as president
• Supports civil unions for gay men and women, to encompass “full equality of benefits [with] nothing left out,” but not full gay marriage
• Supports an employee non-discrimination measure that includes sexual orientation