NEW YORK — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton marched in New York City’s homosexual pride parade on Sunday, waving a rainbow flag.
According to reports, Clinton marched for two blocks in the area of the Stonewall Inn, a tavern that the Obama administration has sought to have dedicated as a monument to homosexual rights. She was joined by Al Sharpton, a controversial ordained Baptist minister, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Actress Cynthia Nixon of “Sex in the City” marched with Clinton as well.
The former secretary of state shook hands with event attendees, many of whom called out her name as she passed by.
Clinton also Tweeted about the issue of homosexuality numerous times on Sunday, writing, “Happy NYC Pride!” and “One year ago, love triumphed in our highest court. Yet LGBT Americans still face too many barriers. Let’s keep marching until they don’t.”
She additionally shared a video about her support for “gay rights” in America and provided a graphic of the states where same-sex “marriage” has been legalized, commenting that it is one of her “favorite maps.”
On Saturday, Clinton posted a video in which she spoke about her goal to continue her homosexual advocacy if elected.
“[P]art of what I want to do as president is to keep not only our campaign for full equality going, but also to turn our attention with the help of so many like you to speak out and work for giving others around the world the opportunity to be who they are, love who they choose, [and] have the kind of future they deserve,” she says in the clip, which shows Clinton speaking to a group of supporters at a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center.
As previously reported, last April, in announcing her candidacy, Clinton likewise cited her support for homosexuality, including in her video presentation two men who hold hands as one of them declares, “I’m getting married this summer to someone I really care about.”
But while being vocal about her homosexual advocacy, as well as her support for abortion, Clinton has also claimed on several occasions to be a “person of faith.” In 2014, she asserted to the New York Times that the Bible “was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking.”
“I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it,” Clinton said. “I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement.”
A number of African American clergy members have consequently supported Clinton, going so far as to lay hands on her and “decree and declare the favor of the Lord” for the presidency. She was also invited to speak at Gospel music’s Stellar Awards this past February, where she quoted from a hymn.
However, some ministers nationwide have spoken out against the former first lady, noting that her beliefs and policies run contrary to the word of God.
“If a church member asks in 2016 if I can support Hillary Clinton, I can unequivocally respond, ‘Not in this lifetime,’” writes Bryan Ridenour on his blog “America, Look Up.” “If we vote for leaders who support abortion on demand, then we essentially hold the surgical knife that strips life from the womb. If we vote for leaders who support and champion gay marriage, we in effect officiate at their ceremonies. God holds us accountable for what we do behind the voting booth curtain.”
“To those apathetic to the spiritual condition of America, we cannot expect God’s blessing if we kowtow to Hollywood’s mores and Washington’s track record of lies and deceit,” he said. “If we love America, we must bitterly cling to the Bible and our constitutional and God-given rights. Let’s not forget: ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…’ Psalm 33:12.”
As previously reported, earlier this month, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump asserted that he was the best candidate for “gay rights.”
“So you tell me, who’s better for the gay community, and who’s better for women than Donald Trump?” he declared at a rally in Dallas, Texas. “Believe me!”
Trump also told a lesbian publisher in February that the American people will see “more forward motion” on “gay equality” under his presidency, citing it as a part of his effort to bring people together.