When the immediate past Secretary of State first announced her candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, only a handful of my Facebook friends indicated their support for Mrs. Clinton, almost all of them gay.
But, what precisely has the former First Lady done for gays? In her eight years in the Senate, did she work to repeal the relics of her husband’s administration, the Defense of Marriage Act or Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell? (And by working, I mean, not just indicating her opposition to these laws, but actually taking action, lobbying her fellow legislators, pressing her party’s leadership to push repeal.)
And then in her four years as Secretary of State when she–and her supporters–boasted that she was the most-traveled Secretary of State, breaking travel records, among the many countries she visited, she surely visited some countries which oppressed gays. When meeting with the leaders of those lands, did she ever discuss their treatment of our fellows and press them to change their policies?
And did the leaders of the various American gay organizations press her to act on behalf of our oppressed fellows?
Am I the only one asking these questions?
UPDATE: As per the comments below, seems that Mrs. Clinton did raise the issue of anti-gay policies in Uganda with that nation’s leader President Yoweri Museveni in her summer 2012 swing through Africa.