In a YouTube video dated Sunday, April 12, 2015, former First Lady and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her candidacy for President of the United States in 2016.
Human Rights Campaign members Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, who are planning a summer wedding, are included in the video. The ad marks the first time same-sex couples and marriage equality have been included in a presidential campaign launch.
“We were really excited to see that our interview was featured in the campaign announcement,” Milrad told the Washington Blade. “It was particularly moving to see Secretary Clinton feature a gay couple engaged to be legally married, the first of any major presidential candidate. To us, this decision demonstrates Secretary Clinton’s commitment to LGBT equality and the type of inclusive leader she would be as president.”
A lesbian couple is also featured in Clinton’s video announcement.
Clinton first came out in support of same-sex marriage in 2013.
“Hillary’s running for president because everyday Americans need a champion—and she wants to be that champion,” the video description stated.
“We asked her to run, and now that she has entered the race, Equality California will pull out all the stops to help her win,” said Equality California executive director Rick Zbur. “Electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is one of the most important things we can do to advance LGBT equality and acceptance. Throughout her career, Sec. Clinton has been a champion for the LGBT community. Not only is the Supreme Court at stake, but her election is crucial to backstop the potential targeting of our community by the current anti-equality Congress.”
Equality California was the first major LGBT organization to endorse Clinton for 2016.
A timeline of Clinton’s marriage equality support can be found via Buzzfeed.