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Wilson Cruz: Room in the Tent

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MSNBC
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April 19, 2013

This Saturday, GLAAD–which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality–will be awarding former President Bill Clinton an Advocate for Change Award at the 24th Annual Media Awards. It’s a testament to the work of organizations like GLAAD and to how far we have come as a country that the president who signed the Defense of Marriage Act–a bill which hurt countless families–will speak out against it on stage at our event. But so too does Clinton’s recent support for marriage equality. He joins other leaders including his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Senator Robert Portman of Ohio. In statements of support, they each point to personal relationships with gay and lesbian people as the catalyst for their evolution on the issue. Some in the LGBT community have welcomed this powerful show of support, while others have questioned why a fundamental principle of basic human rights was not already at the root of their actions. I too wish that we were in a world where everyone would see our rights through such a prism, but we aren’t there yet.