Hillary Clinton: Republicans 'turn their backs on gay people'

Sun. June 14, 2015 9:20 PM by Carlos Santoscoy

In her official campaign rally for president on Saturday, Hillary Clinton reiterated her support for marriage equality.

A crowd of roughly 5,500 supporters gathered on Roosevelt Island in New York to help her kick off her bid for the White House.

The former secretary of state, first lady and Democratic senator from New York briefly mentioned her gender – "I will be the youngest woman president in the history of the United States. And the first grandmother as well" – and took on her GOP rivals in her roughly 45-minute speech.

Republican candidates, she said, want to "wipe out tough rules on Wall Street" and "take away health insurance from more than 16 million Americans without offering any credible alternative."

"And they turn their backs on gay people who love each other," Clinton said.

"Fundamentally, they reject what it takes to build an inclusive economy. It takes an inclusive society.What I once called 'a village' that has a place for everyone."

Clinton also reiterated her support for marriage equality.

"We should ban discrimination against LGBT Americans and their families so they can live, learn, marry and work like everybody else," she said.

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