Target: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Goal: Commend Hillary Clinton for publicly announcing her support for gay marriage.
The legalization of gay marriages in the United States has just received more political backing, as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton publicly announced her support for gay marriage. Although Clinton has taken a stance for civil unions, she has never endorsed legalizing gay marriage until this video was published by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group. In the video, Clinton states that she believes all people deserve the right to a marriage license. Although Clinton is not the first politician to support gay marriage, her actions should be praised.
In the video, Clinton states: “LGBT Americans are out colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones. And they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship – that includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.”
Clinton is among the many Democratic politicians that have recently endorsed gay marriage. Due to their support and President Barack Obama’s endorsement during his 2012 presidential campaign, the movement toward expanding marriage rights for the LGBT community has progressed. Gay marriage is now legal in nine states: Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington. It is also legal in the District of Columbia. However, there are still 41 states left that are discriminating against a certain group of people just because of their sexuality, and these states need to realize that forbidding gay marriage is unfair and unreasonable.
Other Democratic politicians who have publicly announced their support for same-sex marriage are Vice President Joe Biden, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Only one Republican Senator, Rob Portman from Ohio, has endorsed gay marriage. Portman states that his support comes from his understanding of the LGBT community through his own son, who is gay. Regardless of the number of supportive politicians, more of them need to take this stance. In order for things to change and freedoms to be given to this community – freedoms that they should have had since birth – more people, and specifically politicians, must support gay marriage.
According to a Washington Post poll, 58 percent of registered voters believe that gay marriage should be legalized. This number has dramatically increased from 2004’s 32 percent. Commend Clinton for lending her voice to this fight and announcing her support for the legalization of gay marriage.
Dear Hillary Rodham Clinton,
I would like to thank you for publicly endorsing gay marriage through the Human Rights Campaign. Although some politicians, including President Barack Obama, have publicly stood by the legalization of same-sex marriages, I believe that more and more politicians need to take this stance in order to stop the discrimination against the LGBT community. The LGBT community deserves the same rights as everyone else.
An endorsement from the former Secretary of State and former first lady means a lot and should hopefully persuade others to follow suit. Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have also taken this progressive step in endorsing same-sex marriage. Now, other politicians should also voice their stances in order to help the gay community legalize marriage, something that should not be forbidden to anyone.
Thank You Hillary Clinton.
[Your Name Here]
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