On the day Hillary Clinton announced she wants the U.S. Supreme Court to find a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley responded in veiled jab with his own views.
The former governor of Maryland said on Wednesday the “right to marry is not a state right, it is a human right” via a message on Twitter that links to a video of him articulating that position.
The dignity of every person tells us that the right to marry is not a state right, it is a human right. VIDEO: https://t.co/23tYQBrOpD
— Martin O’Malley (@GovernorOMalley) April 15, 2015
According to the New York Times, O’Malley’s comments come from a February speech in which he spoke out against the politics of “triangulation,” a strategy associated with Clinton centrism.
“History celebrates profiles in courage, not profiles in convenience,” O’Malley says in the video. “The dignity of every person tells us that the right to marry is not a state right, it is a human right.”
A spokesperson for O’Malley declined to directly respond to the Clinton campaign’s statement that she “hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right,” which follows uncertainty about her position on same-sex marriage after she talked about a state-by-state approach to the issue an interview with National Public Radio last year.
Although he initially favored civil unions, O’Malley became a supporter of same-sex marriage during his tenure as Maryland governor, not only helping to push the bill through the legislature, but taking part in the campaign to ensure voters didn’t reject the law at the ballot.