“Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”
Hillary Clinton’s newest campaign ad could be considered a counter-attack on the recent anti-LGBT legislation passed in North Carolina and Mississippi.
Although the spot never directly mentions the onslaught of so-called religious freedom and “privacy” bills moving through state legislatures, it does reinforce the former Secretary of State’s long support of LGBT equality. The montage serves as a super-cut of clips from Clinton’s previous campaign speeches and policy positions on human rights and rights for LGBT people.
The video starts off with text declaring “the fight for LGBT equality is not over.”
“Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct,” says Clinton in a voiceover, as images of same-sex couples embracing roll across the frame. “But in fact, they are one and the same. Being LGBT does not make you less human.”
This is not the first time the Democratic presidential front-runner has spoken out against laws that seek to validate anti-LGBT discrimination. In an April speech, Clinton directly referencedlast summer’s historic supreme court ruling that brought marriage equality to all 50 states,thanking the named plaintiff in that landmark case, Jim Obergefell.
“It’s outrageous that in 2015, you can still be fired for being gay, you can still lose your home for being gay, you can even be denied a wedding cake for being gay,” says Clinton in the ad. “This kind of discrimination goes against everything we stand for as a country.”
The video ends on a hopeful note, with Clinton reaffirming her support for LGBT rights, in an excerpt from her speech given to volunteers with the Human Rights Campaign in October.
“I am running for president to stand up for the fundamental rights of LGBT Americans and all Americans. That’s a promise.”
Check out the video below: