On Saturday, former President Bill Clinton became the inaugural recipient of GLAAD’s “Advocate for Change” award for his advocacy for marriage equality over the past few years. During his speech, Clinton praised GLAAD for their work in helping people better appreciate the lives of LGBT people, and he committed to doing the same until equality is achieved:
CLINTON: I want to keep working on this until not only DOMA is no longer the law of the land, but until all people, no matter where they live, can marry the people they love. For example, when I flew here from New York, I knew I’d still be married when I got here. Heck, I’m going to Texas next week to George W. Bush’s library dedication, and I’ll still be married when I get there. You have helped me come to the place where I am today; that’s why you are the true agents of change.
But we have all learned in our interdependent society in our increasingly interdependent world that whenever people anywhere are denied any rights, it diminishes us all. That’s why we were so gripped to our television after those bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon… And the same is true here. I believe you will win the DOMA fight, and I think you will win the Constitutional right to marry. If not tomorrow, then the next day or the next day.
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Clinton added that his daughter Chelsea and her gay friends had a “profound impact” on how he understands the LGBT community and what it means to treat them equally.
In March, before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments, Clinton wrote that he believed that the Defense of Marriage Act is discriminatory and should be overturned. Still, some — including attendees at the awards ceremony — still criticize Clinton for signing DOMA into law in the first place, an action for which he still has not technically apologized.