Clinton Gets Testy: Gay Marriage Support Not Politically-Timed

Hillary Clinton on Thursday denied that she held back her support for gay marriage until it was politically safe to do so.

During an NPR interview, the possible 2016 contender said she advocated for gay rights as secretary of State, a position that did not involve domestic politics. When she left the department, she quickly endorsed it, she said.

“No, that is not true,” Clinton said in a testy exchange with NPR host Terry Gross. “I did not grow up even imagining gay marriage, and I don’t think you probably did either.”

“This was an incredibly new and important idea that people on the front lines of the gay rights movement began to talk about and slowly but surely convinced others of the rightness of that position. And when I was ready to say what I said, I said it.”America Rising, a GOP opposition research firm, recorded the exchange.Clinton announced her support for gay marriage in March 2013 after leaving the State Department amid a flurry of lawmakers announcing their support as the Supreme Court weighed the constitutionality of a pair of gay marriage cases.