Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Hillary Clinton’s presidential hubby may have enacted Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but the Senator from New York vowed to repeal the discriminatory military act, which prohibits gay soldiers from serving out and proud – and definitely not loud! Clinton made sure to highlight her military connections when answering HRC’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell anniversary round-up. It’s with those connections, of course, that she can help force change in the Pentagon.
Same-Sex Marriage: It should go without saying that Hillary Clinton won’t support an amendment banning gay marriage. She did, after all, vote against the Federal Marriage Amendment. Clinton also told ABC News in 2006 that she wouldn’t stand in the way of potential New York state legislation. She’s made clear on a number of occasions, however, that she’s “very supportive” of civil unions. Oh, Hill!
Trans-Inclusive ENDA: Hillary Clinton likes to tout the fact that she signed Senate version of ENDA, but fails to highlight that the version she supported – put forth by Ted Kennedy, an Obama supporter – does not include trans rights. She did, however, answer “yes” on an HRC survey, but a lot has changed since last summer.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Obama and rival Hillary Clinton have often been compared to one another. How could they not be? Their policies aren’t really that different, including the politico’s respective positions on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Obama’s all about fighting discrimination, especially in the military: “As president, I will work with Congress and place the weight of my administration behind enactment of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which will make nondiscrimination the official policy of the U.S. military.”
Same-Sex Marriage: Obama’s a lot like Clinton here, too. He supports civil unions, ain’t down with a federal marriage amendment and generally thinks gay deserve equal relationship approval. Only no marriage. Unless a state wants it: “I agree with most Americans, with Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Cheney, with over 2,000 religious leaders of all different beliefs, that decisions about marriage, as they always have, should be left to the states.” Cheney? Yeah, we told you Obama wasn’t a stunner in this category.
Trans Inclusive ENDA: An Obama spokesperson vowed last November that her candidate “supports a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act to outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.” She also emphasized his previous work fighting for equal protections. It doesn’t get more clear than that.