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Hillary Clinton: A Republican President would put gay rights at risk

Nick Duffy December 20, 2015

Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has warned that putting a Republican in the White House would put gay rights at risk.

The former Secretary of State made the claims after six Republican candidates, including three of the four frontrunners, backed a new ‘religious freedom’ law which would allow religious people to discriminate against married gay couples.

Speaking at the third Democratic Debate last night, Clinton – who recently unveiled her manifesto for LGBT people – said: “On January 20th, 2017, the next president of the United States will walk into the White House. If, heaven forbid, that next president is a Republican, I think it’s pretty clear we know what will happen.

“A lot of the rights that have been won over years, from women’s rights to voter rights to gay rights to worker rights, will be at risk.
(Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)
“You know, everybody says every election’s important, and there’s truth to that. This is a watershed election.

“I know how important it is that we have a Democrat succeed President Obama in the White House.

“And I will do all that I can in this campaign to reach out and explain what I stand for and what I will do as president.”

Meanwhile, some dirty-minded Twitter users amused themselves by spotting gay sex jokes in Clinton’s speech about encryption.

Three of the four frontrunners in the race for the Republican Presidential nomination are among those to pledge their support for the First Amendment Defense Act, which is designed to ‘protect’ those who discriminate against gay couples.

Signatories include Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Former Senator Rick Santorum, and Former Governor Mike Huckabee. Donald Trump is also said to have “expressed support” for the law – though he has not yet signed the pledge.

Watch Hillary Clinton’s speech below:

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