Tuesday, 27 October 2015 01:27

Democratic Candidates Are Fighting Over Who Is The Best For LGBT People

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Some years ago, presidential candidates clashed on LGBT rights with, on one side, those who were in favor of LGBT rights, and on the other hand, those who were against. Today, the Democratic candidates are fighting to know who is the best support for LGBT voters.

Indeed, Bernie Sanders blames Hillary Clinton after her Friday statement on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, she supported alongside her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who had signed the bill into law.

She said she thought then that this law would be a way to prevent opponents to amend the Constitution in order to block marriage equality.

“I think what my husband believed – and there was certainly evidence to support it – is that there was enough political momentum to amend the Constitution of the United States of America, and that there had to be some way to stop that,” she said.

Given this statement, her main rival among Democrats, Bernie Sanders, attacked her a little bit.

"I think everybody at the time knew that it was simply homophobic legislation," Sanders told CNN.

"That legislation was anti-gay legislation. It was playing off the fears of a lot of Americans," he added.

At a meeting in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton explained why she opposed equal marriage before. She said: “Yes – my views did evolve, and I think most people my age would say the same thing.”

“I will enforce marriage equality, but we’ve got to go further than that. In a lot of states now, because of the constitutional decision, you can get married on Saturday and fired on Monday, because we still permit discrimination,” she added.

The Equality Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination is currently pending in Congress.

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