What would Leo Tolstoy say about gay marriage?

ImageIn case you didn’t see the evening news, Hillary Clinton is now in favor of gay marriage. And I quote “now” because the particular affiliate (yes, I meant to say affiliate) that I watch made sure to report her history of dissent. In 2004, in a widely published interview, she made it explicitly clear that she did not support same-sex marriage. Four years later, she again spoke against it while campaigning for a presidential nomination. Of course, her husband did sign the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 (a Bill – yes, that was a pun – that proclaimed marriage as a union between a man and a woman) so what was the girl supposed to do??

All the same, while admittedly I am not a fan of Ms. Clinton, I applaud her courage at being able to disclose her change in opinion. And I wholeheartedly bash those that would throw her decade-old views back in her face.

Change, is what we do. Change, is what make us human. And only a true, sound mind is capable of change.

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

BTW, I have done my fair share of 180’s – and thankfully, in doing so, I myself have become much more tolerant of so many things … this post was inspired in part by, well, the evening news and the Daily Prompt from March 14 (yes, I’m late – again) “Tell us about a time you did a 180 – changed your views on something, reversed a decision, or acted in a way you ordinarily don’t.”



  1. Politically speaking, until fairly recently (within the last three to five years), supporting same-sex marriage or any number of LGBT rights issues was political suicide because the majority of potential voters had different opinions. Today, it’s politically advantageous (if you’re a Democrat) to support LGBT equality–and that’s presently summed up in same-sex marriage, regardless of the fact that there are many other important issues facing the queer community, such as workplace protections and the prevention of violent hate crimes. If Hilary didn’t reverse her opinion, she would appear a much weaker candidate on the Democratic ticket. I wouldn’t be surprised if (a) she’s always been a supporter but couldn’t voice her opinions or (b) as with the rest of the country, she’s finally come around, spurred along by the contemporary narratives of the Democratic party.

  2. So, can we expect another 180, yet again, by the time Hilary and Michelle kick off the girl-girl pres. ticket? I guess that would be a power house topic there.

  3. This was enlightening to me. I didn’t realize Hillary had changed her stance (at least publicly) on gay marriage. Kudos to her and to you for coming up with an alternative take on this question!

  4. An interesting take on the the Daily prompt challenge… I like it! While most of us (all of us?) wrote about our 180’s, you didn’t limit yourself to the question. :)

  5. My only word here would be: As long as she didn’t suddenly CHANGE her opinion because of a political gain. They all tend to do that at some point or other.

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