NewsTue Apr 8, 2008 - 12:15 pm EST
Hillary Pledges Support for Homosexuals, Repeal of Military “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Policy
By John Connolly
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 8, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton appeared on Ellen Degeneres’ television talk show on April 7 to pledge support for the homosexual community if she is elected.
Degeneres, who is openly homosexual, made Clinton’s support of homosexuality a prominent feature of the show. Clinton, who spoke about homosexual friends and neighbors she has had in the past, vowed to procure legal recognition for same-sex couples like Degeneres and her partner, Portia de Rossi.
"I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that people like you and Portia and others have a chance to have, you know, rights to be able to go to the hospital, to inherit property, to make sure that you can list somebody as a beneficiary on an insurance policy," said Clinton.
Clinton is going to great lengths to lobby the homosexual community as the April 22 Pennsylvania primary gets closer. She was the only presidential candidate to grant an interview with Philadelphia Gay News, which appeared in the April 4-10 edition of the paper.
In her interview with the homosexual periodical, Clinton resolved to champion the homosexual movement if elected to the presidency. In particular Clinton laid out her intention to repeal the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy. When asked if she would issue an executive order to overturn "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," Clinton said she was unsure if she would be able to use an executive order or if she would have to encourage legislation to allow open homosexuality in the military.
"I don’t know what the legal framework would be because you remember that, in the face of what Bill [Clinton] was trying to do in ‘93, the act, by veto-proof majorities made prohibitions on doing that," she said. "So whether the president has authority to do it by executive order or not, I’m not sure. But I have been committed for more than nine years to eliminating ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’"
Clinton vowed to increase government services for homosexuals, including guidance for gays in the school system, as well as federal "guidance" for local school districts and teachers in preparing gay-friendly curricula. When asked about a marriage amendment that would be on the Pennsylvania ballot in 2010, Clinton expressed her hope that it would never pass.
"Don’t pass it," she said. "I really hope that that doesn’t go anywhere. I would be very distressed if Pennsylvania were to adopt that kind of mean-spirited referendum and I hope it won’t happen."
Clinton’s interview with Philadelphia Gay News is her latest move to prove herself more homosexual-friendly than her competitor, Barack Obama. Both Obama and Clinton have fought to win over homosexual voters in Pennsylvania since the state became the focus of the Democratic presidential race nearly a month ago. Clinton has repeatedly taken Obama to task for not supporting the homosexual cause as strongly as she does, even though Obama has shown his strong favor for homosexual "rights" in speeches over recent weeks. Obama has also pledged to repeal the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" military policy.
See previous LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
"When I am President …" - Hilary Clinton Promises Pro-homosexual Administration
Marriage Amendments Getting Ready to Go on Ballot in Four States
President Carter to Military: Get Rid of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" Homosexual Policy
Hillary in Exclusive Homosexual Mag Interview: I’m More Pro-Homosexual than Obama