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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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Christine Quinn comes from a very personal place to explain in language anyone can understand, without a lot of frills,  Hillary’s evolution on marriage equality.

Christine Quinn on Hillary Clinton & Marriage Equality

Christine Quinn

Clinton has come to understand same-sex marriages the same way most Americans have evolved regarding the reality that everyone deserves marriage equality

Today, we have a woman running for President of the United States who fully supports marriage equality. She is also likely to be the only nominee running for president that does. That is something all Americans should be thrilled about. Her position is clear and rock solid, and they way she came to that conclusion is the same way most people do, including some of my own family members. Like most Americans, her position is one that evolved and developed from personal interactions with LGBT Americans and their families, and through a long and deep soul searching. I know a little bit about this process: It’s how my father came to support my right to marry and then eventually walk me down the aisle when I married my wife.

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The media likes to present the process of coming to new terms on old issues as flip-flopping.  It is not.   I saw my own father, who was employed by the defense industry, evolve on the Viet Nam War.   Quinn describes the process perfectly.  It is deeply personal, and while there often is a material or concrete side to the question there is usually a profoundly spiritual or abstract personal one as well.

Don’t we want leaders who reflect on important issues that affect people’s lives?  While some in the media preoccupy themselves with some calendar where they tick off days since Hillary Clinton has responded to a question from the press, Hillary Clinton is on the road listening to Americans – to our concerns, our aspirations,  our perceptions,  and our positions.  She will respond to the noisy media who pretend to be the voice of the people in due time after she has spent some time listening to us and reflecting upon what she has heard.

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Evolving is not flip-flopping.  It is a process.  Where do you stand?  How do you feel?  What is your position?

  • On marriage equality?
  • On pay equality?
  • On arms and ammunition control?
  • On capital punishment?
  • On the role of women in civil society?
    • In business?
    • In government?
    • In making their own health decisions?
  • On hundreds of other issues and questions….

Have these positions remained stable for you or have they changed over time?  Most of us have probably gone through some changes.  Why should Hillary Clinton be any different?  Would you even want a leader who neither listens nor reflects?

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Statement by President and Secretary Clinton on Today’s Supreme Court Decisions on Marriage Equality

Jun 26, 2013 | President Clinton and Secretary Clinton | New York, NY  | Statement

By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the Court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds us all back in our efforts to form a more perfect union. We are also encouraged that marriage equality may soon return to California. We applaud the hard work of the advocates who have fought so relentlessly for this day, and congratulate Edie Windsor on her historic victory.

 

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Emily’s List has initiated a campaign to thank our Hillary for her Human Rights Campaign video endorsing marriage equality.  Perhaps you would like to sign.  See below.

You can sign Emily’s List‘s thank you note to Hillary here.

On Monday, Hillary Clinton announced her support for marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples everywhere. As a former first lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary’s voice is a powerful one, and we thank her for her courage and leadership in standing behind same sex couples and their families.

Join us in saying “thank you” to Hillary Clinton for making her voice heard: Sign our letter today!

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