Salon's Gay Marriage Courage-O-Meter
Amid Supreme Court arguments this week on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, political leaders exhibiting varying degrees of courage have lined up to announce their support of marriage equality. Some just came off of reelection, meaning they won’t face voters for six years. One was a Republican prompted to change his position by his gay son. And still another was a former secretary of state abstaining from the political fray until recently, and suddenly finding herself following the party she once sought to lead. Here, then — with a tip of the hat to New York magazine’s “approval matrix” — is our gay marriage courage-meter.I must object to the position given Hillary Clinton as she stayed out of domestic issues during her tenure as Secretary of State, yet gave truly historic and full-throated support to LGBT rights issues abroad.