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Buzzfeed: Why Hasn't Hillary Clinton Said Anything About SCOTUS And Marriage?

Chris Geidner writes at Buzzfeed:
In two weeks, the Supreme Court is due to consider whether bans on same-sex couples marrying violates the U.S. Constitution — an issue Hillary Clinton has not spoken about in almost a year, when she said a “state-by-state” approach was working. The Obama Justice Department has argued that such bans “cannot be reconciled with the fundamental constitutional guarantee of ‘equal protection of the laws.’” Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has not said whether she agrees with that position. Spokespeople for her campaign have repeatedly stated since Sunday that an answer is forthcoming on the question, but no answer has been provided.

In June 2014, Clinton told Gross, “I fully endorse the efforts by activists to work state-by-state. In fact, that is what is working.” Later, she reiterated that point, saying that, after she left her post as secretary of state, “I was able to very quickly announce that I was fully in support of gay marriage and that it is now continuing to proceed state-by-state.” After Clinton announced this week that she would run for president, BuzzFeed News asked her campaign whether she believe states can ban same-sex couples from marrying or she believes such bans are unconstitutional. The campaign hasn’t yet provided an answer.
Oral arguments before SCOTUS take place on April 28th.

UPDATE: Mere hours after the publication of the above-linked article, Clinton has indeed urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

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