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Hi­lary Clin­ton early fa­vorite among LGBT Demo­cratic vot­ers

is right. Note to my friends Bill and #Hil­lary: Pls stop say­ing DOMA was to pre­vent some­thing worse. It wasn’t, I was there.”

The San­ders cam­paign is ea­ger to point out those two votes to LGBT vot­ers, with cam­paign spokesper­son Michael Briggs telling Ge­or­gia Voice, “When you look at his record and find out more about him, our ex­pe­ri­ence is the more peo­ple know about him, the more they like him. He didn’t have to think about it, he voted against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He didn’t have to think about it, he voted against the De­fense of Mar­riage Act.”

But af­ter that, things get a lit­tle tricky.

De­spite his votes against the two anti-LGBT laws, San­ders has re­mained silent on mar­riage equal­ity for much of his ca­reer, ex­plain­ing for years af­ter those two votes that they were based more on con­sti­tu­tional grounds and govern­ment over­reach.

Both can­di­dates evolved on mar­riage equal­ity, as Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and many oth­ers have over time, with San­ders com­ing out pub­licly for it in 2009 and Clin­ton fol­low­ing him four years later, a few months af­ter she left the State depart­ment. But Clin­ton did strug­gle with the topic in an in­ter­view with NPR’s Terry Gross in 2014, and didn’t say it was a con­sti­tu­tional right un­til April 2015.

One event that has stuck in the minds of nu­mer­ous LGBT sup­port­ers of Sec­re­tary Clin­ton who we spoke to is a speech she gave be­fore the United Na­tions in Geneva on In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Day in 2011. She de­voted the en­tire 30-minute speech to LGBT rights, with the line, “Gay rights are hu­man rights, and hu­man rights are gay rights,” leav­ing an in­deli­ble mark con­sider-

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