Will former Secretary of State, former Senator and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton run for President in 2016? In an online video, Clinton goes on record saying that lesbians and gays deserve “the rights of citizenship,” and includes marriage in that assessment.
Speculation has been swirling since former President Bill Clinton changed his position on marriage equality and announced that he was in support of taking down DOMA.
While this announcement has more people speculating as to whether or not Hillary Clinton is going to run for President in 2016, it should be noted that this is a position that will only help or hurt her chances in that election if the US Supreme Court decides to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act. Should DOMA fall, then Clinton’s position on same-sex marriage will matter to some, but will likely not have much of an impact overall given that it will then be settled law.
Given that her potential rivals for the Democratic nomination all support same-sex marriage, it was unlikely that Clinton would choose to avoid publically supporting it; however, the point may end up being moot given that at least one potential Republican, Rob Porter, has announced his support for same-sex marriage.