September 25th, 2009
06:29 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton speaks out on decision to support same-sex marriage

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton is speaking out about his decision to change his personal stance on same-sex marriage.

In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, the former president said that while he still believes the issue should be left up to the states, he is no longer personally opposed to same-sex marriage as he once was.

"I was against the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage nation-wide, and I still think that the American people should be able to play this out in debates," Clinton said. "But me, Bill Clinton personally, I changed my position.

"I am no longer opposed to that," he added. "I think if people want to make commitments that last a lifetime, they ought to be able to do it."

The full interview will air on Anderson Cooper 360 at 10 p.m. ET.

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  1. Nicole

    For everyone who claims that "this country was founded on moral values, and to allow homogenous marriage would negate those values" need to pick up a history book, and not a bible. Less than half of the founding fathers, defined as those men who signed the Declaration of Independance, were of an organized religion. IF moral values include that African Americans should be slaves, women should be property, and the only people who can vote or serve in office are white, property-owning men, than I say let them change! And as far as Christian values being a part of the founding of this country, get it right! Most founding fathers were openly athiest or agnostic.

    September 25, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. valwayne

    Better late than never! Good for Bill Clinton, but it easy for and ex-President. Where is Obama on this issue? Obama so far has betrayed to gay community that supported him with money and votes. He has done nothing to change his status as Descriminator in Chief against our gay and lesbians in the military who risk their lives daily to keep our nation safe and secure. He has done nothing to ease the descrimination against gay ment and women when it comes to civil unions and marriage. Obama and the Democrats are on the side of the Descriminators despite their promises. They've betrayed and lied to the gay communcity. Until the democrats keep their promises they should get one penny or vote from any gay man or woman in the country. Now is the time to demand that Obama and the Democrats keep their promises or pay the price at the polls!!

    September 25, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. P. Speaker

    Gee. What a surprise. Did anyone really believe he was sincere and honest before? Just laying the ground work for the Obama recalibration. The idea of calling a union between two people of the same gender is a farce and contrary to nature. "Hi, I'm Steve and this is my spouse John." What a (sad) joke.

    September 25, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. ody

    the bible is not law – it is what people of religion "believe in". law applies to all, regardless of religion or not.

    why di people of religion insist that everyone lives like them.

    September 25, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. JohnnyBoy

    Fine! Let them make vows to each other and legal agreements – the sacrement of marriage was established by God as the union of one man and one woman – a HOLY act. Homosexuality is not HOLY! Homosexuality is a cop-out to your genetics and natural law which God established for mankind. Just like gravity affects everyone alike, men can't naturally get together and have a baby. Forcing homosexual marriage on our country is just self-centered tripe, catering to the lowest common denominator of self-indulgence. Mr Clinton is obviously looking for more votes after the Healthcare debacle has alienated so many moderates.

    September 25, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. William in San Jose

    And the Jesus people here, just wow. You're all living in Fairyland Forest! The great sky god is going to send his baby boy back to burn all the gays and heathens for eternity whilste you while up to heaven? Oh, that's rational and sane! There goes the Easter bunny with a witch who just turned into a cat! Burn her! Burn them both! Santa Claus too!

    September 25, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. HarryR

    When it counted he was against us (DOMA), when it doesn't he's with us. Typical Clinton. They talk the talk but don't walk the walk.

    September 25, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. Drew

    Government should get out of marriage altogether.

    It find it upsetting that the government has the power to decide whether they want someone to get married or not.

    September 25, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. gord

    when it comes to tax payer rights what has the bible got to do with it

    September 25, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Kittyspop

    You're a few years too late Bill. Irrelevant.

    September 25, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. aware

    Anything goes – how about incest...! Thank God Obama is not the Messiah! 🙁

    September 25, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. who cares

    There is a name for gay marriage, its called civil union, and guess what, you can even pass laws to allow it the same rights as marriage. Let the homophobes be happy in their ignorance and you'll get your equal rights. Can we please move on to something more important now?

    P.S. I see nothing wrong with a man who wants to marry a man, and three women, polygamy isn't necessarily a bad thing if its amount consenting adults of legal age. Why should five people who love each other be entitled to the same rights as married couples or civil union couples. I think their biggest problem would be finding a bed large enough.

    September 25, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Mike Dallas

    The Bible is mere fables passed by humankind for generations and massaged by each and even mortal men decided which fables to canonize.

    A giant climbs up a beanstalk to heaven and a man walks on water, both are fables. But both fables have a story to present and it is worth telling.

    But, neither is the word of God, just the words of mortal men.

    September 25, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. wbn

    Clinton probably is sincere in this, though he could have just been compromising his personal position for political purposes earlier in his career. Regardless, I am opposed to changing the historic institution of marriage for many reasons. One is that the drive to "legally" approve homosexuality and same-sex marriage is pushing to prevent anyone from believing otherwise. I am for live and let live, I have my view, I don't hate anyone else for having a different view, but I am seeing how those who disagree with me are increasingly represented by hate toward me and a desire to keep me from being able to express (or even "believe") what I feel!

    September 25, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  15. aware

    Jesus, the Messiah, hates sin, but he died for sinners! The freedom to be whole is the plan! Some choices just miss the mark!

    September 25, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. JP

    That's right. Mainstream America has not changed their views on gay marriage and will not change them for several lifetimes to come, so gay marriage will remain illegal because it is WRONG. His opinion is NOT newsworthy and has not been so for some time!

    September 25, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. JP

    They have their "civil unions" and already have plenty of rights. They just want additional rights. No, Mainstream America does not agree with it because it is wrong. We will not change the definition of marriage to support this perversion so Mr. Clinton your point is moot.

    September 25, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  18. Mary in NV

    Really, Bill, the author of "My Lies" is newsworthy? I haven't cared about his opinion or self-righteous ego for a LONG LONG time. He would lie about anything if he thinks he can get on the news.

    September 25, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. Lee Rowan

    Government does not belong in religion

    Religion does not belong in government.

    If you think your personal religious belief has to be catered to by everyone else in the country, the place to live is Iran.

    The US should eliminate "marriage" as a legal institution and establish domestic or civil partnerships. Let "marriage" be something defined by the couple and their personal religious (or non-religious) belief. But for pity's sake, get religious extremists out of the bedrooms of peopel who don't even belong to their church.

    September 25, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  20. JP

    DOMA will never be repealed. Marriage is between a man and a woman. The rest is sodomy.

    September 25, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  21. m smith

    Just like people say we have to much government interferance we have to many people butting into peoples personal lives. Good for you Mr. Clinton. The same people how holler about the government also want to run the way people live and worship. Lifetime commitments are good for everyone. Most of the people yelling the loudest are also the ones having afairs.

    September 25, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. YBM

    Being gay is a lifestyle choice. Fine, this is a free country. But gays should not be allowed to have anything to do with children in any way, shape or form. Children should not be taught that such choices are ok. Such choices are an abberation and not conducive to the proliferation of the species. All ccksuckers should be put on one deserted island and all cntlickers should be put on another desert island and allowed to live out their lives,,,,,be allowed to die out.

    Such lifestyle choices are the reason this country is going by way of the roman empire, for the same reasons as the roman empire is no more. Only this country is going down much quicker. At least the roman empire lasted a thousand years or so.

    This will probably, be stuck in "moderation," like all correct posts.

    September 25, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. WP

    I knew I was a lesbian at 7 years old. For those who read this with a compasionate heart and a critical mind, PLEASE stop believing that homosexuality is a conscious choice. No one in their right mind would "choose" to be shunned, judged, condemned and stigmatized throughout history in the name of love. I have been with the same woman for 6 years, I am a Christian, I have raised 2 amazing sons, and I am working on my PhD in epidemiology. Love is love, and please support those who dare to venture into it.

    September 25, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  24. GOP

    Well Bill is just looking for better options since he does seem to not believe in a marriage vow!

    Let’s look at the fact who cares about a person that is a liar and a cheat and what they think of marriage.

    I don’t care if there is same sex marriage. Nevertheless, we should take away all the benefit’s the people get from being married and when they are no longer there let’s see how many of these people still want to be married.

    September 25, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. YBM

    Bill Clinton's opinion is of no consequence. He was an embarassment to this country. He brought shame to the office of president.

    September 25, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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