Former President Bill Clinton has remained in the public eye since leaving office. Clinton, who initially signed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, urged the Supreme Court to overturn the bill in March. He asked for qualities of freedom, equality, and justice for the court to take into consideration. This action is one of the reasons Clinton will be honored at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, the former president will be receiving the first Advocate for Change Award.
Clinton’s action symbolized the resonance of change as he originally opposed same-sex marriage in 2009. He now values lifetime commitment and believes the definition of marriage is between two people who love each other.
“I was against the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage nationwide, and I still think that the American people should be able to play this out in debates. Be me, Bill Clinton personally, I changed my position.”
Clinton has also advocated for marriage equality in New York and joined the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families in working against the state’s Amendment One to ban marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples. Wilson Cruz of GLAAD believes this transcendence and shift in opinion and heart makes Clinton a very worth recipient of the award.
“President Clinton’s support of the LGBT community and recognition that DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional and should be struck down shows that the political landscape continues to change in favor of LGBT equality. Leaders and allies like President Clinton are critical to moving our march for equality forward.”
The GLAAD Media Awards will take place at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles on April 20. Presenters serving on that night will include Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence.