February 4, 2016 at 7:34 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Clinton: We must ‘preserve’ same-sex marriage

Hillary Clinton, gay news, Washington Blade

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Feb. 3, 2016, said she would fight to “preserve” marriage rights for same-sex couples if elected president. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

DERRY, N.H. — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said she would “preserve” marriage rights for same-sex couples if elected president.

“We have to preserve marriage equality,” she told Anderson Cooper during a town hall that CNN and the New Hampshire Democratic Party held at the Derry Opera House. “We have to go further to end discrimination against the LGBT community.”

Clinton in the town hall referred to a New Hampshire man “whose AIDS medicine is no longer affordable.”

“That can grip me and make me feel like there’s something I can do about that,” she said.

Clinton described herself as a “progressive who likes to get things done.” She also made a reference to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.)’s description of the Human Rights Campaign and Planned Parenthood as “establishment” organizations.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate that, you know, if Planned Parenthood endorses me or the Human Rights Campaign endorses me, you know, they’re thrown out of the progressive wing and put into the establishment,” said Clinton.

Sanders did not specifically reference LGBT-specific issues during the town hall.

The Vermont Democrat noted Clinton “has been a supporter in the past of” the North American Free Trade Agreement and China Permanent Normal Trade Relations. Sanders acknowledged the she “came out against the” Trans-Pacific Partnership “reluctantly, and after a lot of pressure on her.”

“I’m glad that she did,” said Sanders.

The town hall took place six days before the New Hampshire primary.

A WHDH/UMass Lowell tracking poll shows Sanders is ahead of Clinton by a 61-32 percent margin. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is ahead of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by a 38-14 percent margin.

Clinton and Sanders on Thursday will square off in a debate at the University of New Hampshire.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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