Monday, September 28, 2009

Bill Clinton: 'I decided I was wrong about gay marriage'

During a CNN interview aired on Friday night, Clinton was asked by journalist Anderson Cooper to explain recent statements in which he appeared to back equal rights for gays.

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Former US president Bill Clinton has discussed how he came to change his views over gay marriage and adoption. Cooper asked whether he believed gay people should have full rights to civil marriage nationwide. Clinton replied: "I do. I think that, well let me get back to the last point, the last word. I believe historically, for two hundred and something years, marriage has been a question left to the states and the religious institutions. I still think that’s where it belongs. That is, I was against the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage nationwide, and I still think that the American people should be able to play this out in debates. But me, Bill Clinton personally, I changed my position. I am no longer opposed to that. I think if people want to make commitments that last a lifetime, they ought to be able to do it. I have long favoured the right of gay couples to adopt children." READ MORE