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02/10/2016

2006: When Clinton vocally supported her state moving forward w/ marriage equality but Sanders did not

by Jeremy Hooper

In 2006, Bernie Sanders, a civil unions supporter, did not support his state taking the next step to legalize marriage equality:

June 7, 2006
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[Times Argus]

That same year, Hillary Clinton, who had been an outspoken civil unions supporter since 2000...

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[WaPo]

...went on record saying she would support New York making the decision to move forward with full marriage equality:

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[WaPo]

And like most Democrats (or Independents), they did both ultimately evolve, Bernie in 2009 and Hillary in 2013 (after leaving State and a period she rarely took political positions). But let's please stop pretending that one rode in on a white horse while the other rode in after leaving the Westboro Baptist protest that she had previously been attending. Those were not the aughts that I remember—and I was right there in the center of it.

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