Skip to comments.Bill Clinton Receives GLAAD Award; Credits Daughter for Gay Marriage Stance
Posted on 04/22/2013 11:23:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Former president Bill Clinton accepted the Advocate for Change Award at the 24th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday, and revealed that his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, was one of the main reasons he decided to stand up for same-sex marriage.
"She has had a profound impact on the way I see the world," Clinton said of his 33-year-old daughter, his only child. "It's sort of humbling when you get to be my age when your child knows more than you do about everything."
The former president continued:
"Chelsea and her gay friends have modeled to me how we should all treat each other regardless of our sexual orientation or any other artificial difference that divides us. Many of them come and join us every Thanksgiving for a meal. I have grown very attached to them. And over the years, I was forced to confront the fact that people who oppose equal rights for gays in the marriage sphere are basically acting out of concern for their own identity, not out of respect for anyone else."
Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1997, which affirmed the federal definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. In March, however, he said that it was time to overturn the bill, siding with wife and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as current President Barack Obama.
"As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution," the founder of the Clinton Global Initiative wrote.
The Hollywood Reporter reminded readers that the former president appointed more than 150 gay and lesbian individuals to a variety of government posts during his time in office, and also increased federal funding for HIV/AIDS research.
Clinton has said that his decision to sign DOMA into law was forced by political circumstances, and vowed to fight on to overturn the bill. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on DOMA in June.
"I want to keep working on this until not only is DOMA no longer the law of the land, but until all people no matter where they live can marry the people they love," Clinton told the crowd at the GLAAD awards.
As for his award as an "agent of change," which was presented by famous film producer Harvey Weinstein and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, Clinton argued that GLAAD and gay right supporters deserve the real credit for influencing American society to embrace gay relationships.
While Clinton and a number of other political figures have said that the Supreme Court should legalize gay marriage on both a state and federal level, pro-family groups have warned that changing the definition of marriage can have an adverse effect on children.
"You know, when we look at same-sex marriage or gay relationships, it's just one of the many things that are outside of God's design for human sexuality," said Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, earlier.
Its a wonder Chelsea is not gay. She would have made a good lesbian. Like her mother.
The rapist and sexual predator now is honored by the sodomites. What a marvelous family! Something to celebrate. What a family history to share!
GLAAD award. Let me guess, the statue is in the shape of his Glad Handle.
Grammar POLICE: 'GLAD' is spelled with one "a"! Jeez!
Clinton has “evolved”. He decided to put some ice on his moral standards.
Don’t be so sure she isn’t.
Golly, why didn’t they give him this award when he instituted Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and signed the Defense of Marriage Act. Very forgiving is the LGBT community. Only to democrats though. I doubt they would work to get Rob Portman reelected, for example, though he’s recently converted.
That being said, can I git me a chubby intern here?
Carter took nuke advice from Amy...it’s a Dem thing....
Except cigars and humidors
“...Its a wonder Chelsea is not gay....”
Who’s to say she isn’t?
I’m going to call BS on this one. He changed his stance for the same reason that Obama did. Polls. When most were against gay marriage, he was against it. Now that most are in favor of it, he is in favor of it.
Clinton has evolved. He decided to put some ice on his moral standards.
He’s never had any moral standards.
If a prominent Democrat's child is under 35 and went to Stanford and Columbia the odds are high enough that they support gay marriage that one doesn't have to assume anything further about their sexual orientation (though with politicians' kids homosexuality is always a possibility).
I'm not sure Chelsea Clinton actually did influence her father's views on this, though. Bill Clinton would have gotten there on his own, like the rest of his party.
He's probably just trying to get his daughter's name in the press to promote whatever she's going to do next. Run for office, maybe? Or just run his foundation?
This thread is an FR classic.....
Posted on Monday, April 21, 2008 1:03:42 PM by Responsibility2nd
Chelsea Clinton was in town Friday night, and boy did she have a fabulous time! And why not: She hit all the gay bars in Center City, along with Ed Rendell and Rob Reiner. She even went to Tavern on Camac and Sisters! (Her pub crawl also included Woody's and Bump. What, no Uncle's?)
When Chelsea was little, Rush Limbaugh called her ugly and everybody got mad at him. But nobody's calling Chelsea unattractive now. "Chelsea, the gays love you," shouted one gay person. "We love your highlights -- you're gorgeous baby!" said another, which prompted bisexual hottie Anne Dicker to say, "Maybe they're swingers." Sadly, Chelsea could not visit the now-closed Club Kama Sutra to find out.
But Chelsea Clinton was also sexually harassed by at least one person, and not just Christopher Murray, above in the photo, who said Chelsea "has got the body and ass of life."
"I grabbed her ass," shouted one woman, prompting surprised looks and laughter from Chelsea and campaign staff escorting her.
You grab that ass of life, girl!
Sadly, that woman has now been tracked down and fired from her job for grabbing Chelsea Clinton's ass.
Just goes to show how far we’ve morally fallen as a country when an ex-prez is getting awards such as this.
He has them, but they don't reach curb level.