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I have mentioned, more than once,  George Lakoff’s frustration with Democrats for failing to own the framing of issues.  I know a lot of people think he is long-winded (yes, he rants),  and that a linguist has no business commenting on politics.  Actually, in European culture,  traditional linguistic analysis began with the ancient Greeks exactly because they had a democratic political system.  How did you think the candidates figured out which speeches worked best and why?

As I was perusing the newsfeeds, I noticed that articles about this decision are using the term “marriage equality.”  This is the Democratic frame.  It would be easier for Republicans to argue against “gay marriage.”  It is a lot harder for them to “come out” against equality.  🙂

The Democrats own this one.  We finally won the framing contest!  George Lakoff, this Bud’s for you!

Hillary takes the wheel and drives this one … all the way to 1600 in ’16.

 

A proud day.

 

 

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Our new favorite map. RT if you live in a state where marriage equality is law.

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Our hearts are full for Dave, Dan, and Jaylah, and loving families in all 50 states.

Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality—& the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible. -H

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Today is one of those days we’ll tell our grandchildren about. Marriage equality is now the law in all 50 states.

From Stonewall to today’s decision, the courage and determination of the LGBT community has changed hearts, minds, and laws. Generations of advocates and activists sacrificed so much for this victory.

This is our country at its best: inclusive, open, and striving towards true equality.

But the struggle for LGBT rights doesn’t end with this triumph. Our work is not finished until every American can not only marry, but live, work, pray, learn, and raise a family free from discrimination and prejudice.

I will never stop fighting for every American who needs a champion. Are you with me?

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Thank you,

Hillary

 

Statement from Hillary Clinton on the Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

Hillary Clinton released the following statement after the Supreme Court decision on Marriage Equality in the Obergefell v. Hodges case.

Along with millions of Americans, I am celebrating today’s landmark victory for marriage equality, and the generations of advocates and activists who fought to make it possible. From Stonewall to the Supreme Court, the courage and determination of the LGBT community has changed hearts and changed laws.

This ruling is an affirmation of the commitment of couples across the country who love one another. It reflects the will of the vast and growing multitude of Americans who believe that LGBT couples deserve to be recognized under the law and treated equally in the eyes of society.  And it represents our country at its best: inclusive, open, and striving towards true equality.

But we know that the struggle for LGBT rights doesn’t end with today’s triumph. As love and joy flood our streets today, it is hard to imagine how anyone could deny the full protection of our laws to any of our fellow Americans—but there are those who would. So while we celebrate the progress won today, we must stand firm in our conviction to keep moving forward. For too many LGBT Americans who are subjected to discriminatory laws, true equality is still just out of reach. While we celebrate today, our work won’t be finished until every American can not only marry, but live, work, pray, learn and raise a family free from discrimination and prejudice. We cannot settle for anything less.
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“I’m waiting and hoping.” Read Hillary’s letter in support of equality, then add your name:

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Friends—

Not long ago, I received a letter from a man named Kevin in Georgia whose marriage is recognized in 37 states and DC, but not his own. “Our marriage is special and real, functional and worthy of respect,” he wrote.

Any day now, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to recognize marriages across the country. Like millions of people, I’m waiting and hoping. And I’m thinking of families like Kevin’s. LGBT couples should not have to make a case for their relationship. Every family deserves to be recognized under the law and treated equally in our society—not just in some states, but in every state. Just like marriage is a fundamental building block of our society, marriage equality is a core part of our mission to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and all Americans.

The progress our country has made on this issue is inspiring, and the pace with which it has happened is breathtaking. Nearly three quarters of Americans now live in states with marriage equality. But that progress didn’t happen on its own. From Stonewall to City Hall to the courthouse to the ballot box, the courage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocates has changed minds and changed laws. Each incremental victory is a promise to the next generation that yes, it does get better. That promise is ours to keep.

When you’re headed in the right direction, as we are, you don’t turn back or throw up your hands and say, “good enough.” You keep charging forward. No future generation of LGBT Americans should live in a country that doesn’t embrace their full and equal rights. We should stand with loving couples in all states, and commit to building an America where every lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender person can live, work, learn, raise a family, and marry free from discrimination or prejudice. We should refuse to settle for anything less.

Add your name if you’re with me.

 

Hillary Clinton
June 25, 2015

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All love is equal. It’s time for marriage equality.

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Since she has been tweeting regularly, Hillary has begun to display a real flair for the concise social medium.  Here is her kick-off to Pride Month on Twitter,

 

 

Don’t let the brevity of the message fool you.  Hillary has a long history of support for the LGBT community.  As New York Senator, she marched in parades.

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As Secretary of State she heard the requests of LGBT Foreign Service members to extend domestic benefits to partners, promised to investigate the feasibility, found it doable, and within six months of setting foot at Foggy Bottom established those benefits.

Benefits for Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Foreign Service Employees

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 18, 2009

While a career in the Foreign Service is rewarding, the demands to serve our country require great commitment and sacrifice by Foreign Service employees and their families. As in American society, our Foreign Service families come in different configurations; all are part of the common fabric of our Post communities abroad. Family members often uproot their lives, endure hardship conditions, and put their own careers on hold to support our overseas missions. The Department of State acknowledges these vital contributions by providing certain family members with benefits, training, and allowances.
The same has not been true for domestic partners of Foreign Service employees.

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By definition and job description, Foreign Service officials work in other countries some of which have been hostile to LGBT rights, so, as Secretary of State, Hillary brought the campaign for human rights of LGBT people into the international arena.

Remarks at an Event Co-Hosted by the Department of State and Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) in celebration of LGBT Pride Month

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Dean Acheson Auditorium
Washington, DC
June 27, 2011

… in March, the United States led a major effort at the Human Rights Council in Geneva to get other countries to sign on in support of a statement on ending violence and criminalization based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In the end, 85 countries signed the statement, 18 more than ever had signed onto any previous UN statement on LGBT rights.And in the very next session of the Human Rights Council, just two weeks ago after another major push by American diplomats in Geneva as well as our teams from IO, DRL, EUR, WHA, and other bureaus, the Council passed the first ever UN resolution recognizing the human rights of LGBT people worldwide. And it was especially meaningful that we had South Africa cosponsoring that resolution with us. And with that we took a huge step forward in our work to refute the hateful suggestion that LGBT people are somehow exempt from human rights protections, and we made it absolutely clear that, so far as the United States is concerned and our foreign policy, and our values – that gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.

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In December 2011 she delivered an historic address in Geneva commemorating Human Rights Day.

Video: Secretary Clinton’s Human Rights Day Speech

December 6, 2011

Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland
December 6, 2011

She has come to support marriage equality and recently applauded Ireland’s ground-breaking vote with a laudatory tweet.

 

 

While her tweets are compact,  her rationale is rooted in broad investigation and deeply held values.  She was honored for her work in 2012.

Hillary Clinton: Video Remarks for LGBT Pride Award

Video Remarks for LGBT Pride Award

Press Statement

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 6, 2012

A big hello to all of you there in London. I am sorry I can’t be there in person to join the festivities and to say “thank you” for this special award.I want to acknowledge all the people who are working hard to advance human rights in their own communities around the world—people whose names may not be well-known but who are making a difference every day.

They deserve our gratitude and our deep respect.
As I announced in Geneva last December, we’ve launched a Global Equality Fund—a fund that other governments, companies, and foundations can contribute to—that will provide support for civil society groups around the world that are working to protect the human rights of LGBT people.

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Every loving couple & family deserves to be recognized & treated equally under the law across our nation. –H

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Like IN law, AR bill goes beyond protecting religion, would permit unfair discrimination against Americans. I urge Governor to veto.

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