If you’re following along on Twitter today, you might just think it was Hillary Clinton herself who led the fight for gay marriage. Never one to miss an opportunity to pander, it’s clear Clinton’s campaign was prepared for today’s decision — complete with her own branding and all.
That’s why it’s especially hilarious to look back at Hillary’s history on the issue. In fact, as The Washington Post notes, it was only in 2013 that Hillary reversed her stance in support of gay marriage. Take a trip down the not-so-distant memory lane, courtesy of Gawker:
Hillary Clinton wasted no time in co-opting today’s historic Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage as a promotional device for her presidential run. “Proud to celebrate,” Clinton declared on Twitter, despite the fact that relatively recently she thought same sex marriage should remain illegal.
The video above is from 2004, when Clinton was a senator. In it, she says ‘I believe marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman.” The talk continued:
“…the fundamental bedrock principle that [marriage] exists between a man and a woman, going back into the midst of history as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization, and that its primary, principal role during those millennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults.”
A decade prior, she stood by her husband as he signed the Defense of Marriage Act, a piece of legislation that codified gay America’s second-class status. So it’s fair to say that Hillary Clinton has had a longstanding opposition to gay marriage—either that, or she was too afraid to speak truthfully about her convictions for political reasons, which is really just as bad. Only in 2013, as a presumptive 2016 presidential contender, did Clinton reverse her stance.
For most of us, those pesky reminders of what she actually said might seem a bit, uh, awkward, in light of her shameless attempts to co-opt the “victory” today. But for Hillary Clinton, Queen of Hypocrisy and Shameless Pandering, nothing’s too awkward or hypocritical — as long as it furthers her own success.