Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not like being backed in a corner. In an interview with National Public Radio’s Terry Gross on Thursday, the potential 2016 presidential candidate got testy with the radio host when she felt he was trying to twist her words when it came to her change of heart regarding same-sex marriage.
In defending her evolution of opinion and support of gay marriage, the former first lady accused Gross of “playing with my words” when he suggested that she changed her views for political reasons. The more Gross pushed with his questions, the more Clinton pushed back.
She told the NPR host, “I think you’re reading it very wrong. Just because you’re a politician doesn’t mean you’re not a thinking human being. You gather information, you think through positions, you’re not one hundred percent set, thank goodness, you’re constantly re-evaluating where you stand. That is true for me.”
Clinton came out in support of gay marriage in 2013 and may have been sparked by President Barack Obama’s announcement during the 2012 presidential campaign that he backed gay marriage. Obama’s public support made him the first U.S. president to do so. Then in June 2013, the Supreme Court made a historic decision by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996. In a bit of irony, Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, initially signed the bill into law. He too voiced a change in heart and publicly stated his opposition of DOMA.
When Gross asked Clinton whether she happy with the Supreme Court decision, she replied, “We are living at a time when this extraordinary change is occurring and I’m proud of our country I think that we have all evolved, and it’s been on of the fastest, most sweeping transformations that I’m aware of.”
Clinton also highlighted in the interview that there were more people in favor of gay marriage in the 1990s than assumed. She said it was “flat wrong” if he thought she was previously opposed and then came to support same-sex marriage because of political reasons. The former New York senator stood by her commitment to the issue and stated that she was proud of all she has done in support of the issue and the “progress we’re making.”