WASHINGTON - Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said on Monday she backs marriage rights for gay Americans.
In a video for the gay rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, Clinton said she supports gay marriage "personally and as a matter of policy and law."
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender "Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage," Clinton said in the 5-minute-long video posted on YouTube.
Her comments come amid a wave of similar declarations from other politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, and as the US Supreme Court is considering two gay marriage cases.
US President Barack Obama last year announced his support for gay marriage, which is already permitted in nine of the 50 US states and Washington, D.C.
Earlier this month, Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, also addressed the issue, saying the 1996 law he signed defining marriage as between a man and woman was unconstitutional and should be overturned.