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Hillary Clinton: “I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton endorsed same-sex marriage today in a video released by the Human Rights Campaign.

“LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones. And they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship — that includes marriage,” Clinton said. “That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.”

The video comes 10 days after Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, penned a column for The Washington Post in which he called for the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which bears his signature. Moreover, last week, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) endorsed marriage equality after learning that his son is gay.

Today’s statement from Clinton comes more than a month after she left the State Department. Clinton was serving as secretary of state — a post in which domestic policy is traditionally not discussed — when the Obama administration stopped defending DOMA in court and top administration members, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, announced their support for marriage equality.

“To deny the opportunity to any of our daughters and sons solely on the basis of who they are and who they love is to deny them the chance to live up to their own God given potential,” Clinton said.

Watch the full video here:

Justin Snow is Metro Weekly's former political editor and White House correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @JustinCSnow.