Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrated the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, however new emails revealed by the State Department on Wednesday show Clinton taking a different stance as she denied gender-neutral language for parents on passport applications, The National Review reports.
With plans to replace the words “mother” and “father” with “Parent One” and “Parent Two” on passport applications, the then-secretary of state refused to defend the policy shift in which the State Department describes as improvements that are being made “to provide a gender-neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families,” according to a 2010 press release.
According to the National Review, Clinton sent an email to top aides Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan for the secretive policy shift the next morning: “Who made the decision that State will not use the terms “mother and father” and instead substitute “parent one and two”? I’m not defending that decision, which I disagree (with) and knew nothing about in front of this
Hillary continued to explode: “I could live (with) letting people in nontraditional families choose another descriptor so long as we retained the presumption of mother and father. We need to address this today or we will be facing a huge Fox-generated media storm led by [Sarah] Palin et al.”
The new emails show Mills quickly responding to Hillary’s emails and promising she would be “reaching out to folks to find out.” And, the National review notes that within a few days, the gender-neutral language had been removed from all U.S. passport applications.
Since her time as the first lady, Clinton was outright opposed to same-sex marriage. However, the National Review says that similar to President Obama, their position on gay rights has “evolved” over the years.