WASHINGTON--Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for gay marriage in a video released Monday by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's major lobbying group for gay rights.
In the video--sure to take up a notch talk about Clinton running for president in 2016--Clinton talks about why she backs "marriage equality." She repeats an oft-quoted line--that "gay rights are human rights"--and recounts how she used it in 2011 at an international conference in Geneva, Switzerland where she said the U.S. stands for defending those rights.
Now out of office, Clinton went public with her position.
"I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples," Clinton says in the video, which runs almost six minutes. "I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law."
The HRC in a statement on the groups' website said, "Now that she has left office and can speak publicly about the issue that is so important to all of us, Hillary shares her experience as Secretary and what she learned while representing our country around the world, and what she has come to believe."
Earlier this month, former President Bill Clinton called for the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)--a law he signed in 1996. Bill Clinton also supports gay marriage.