Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
(CBS News) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally announced her support for same-sex marriage on
Monday, releasing a video she made with the Human Rights Campaign in
which she insists that gays and lesbians are "full and equal citizens
and deserve the rights of citizenship."
The Human Rights Campaign
said Clinton approached the organization about recording the statement
and a Clinton spokesperson called the timing "natural" given that two
gay marriage cases will come before the Supreme Court next week.
the nearly six-minute video, there were several references to
unfinished work and an ongoing journey, prompting increased speculation
that Clinton will consider a 2016 presidential run, a possibility she
has continually downplayed since her departure from public office
earlier this year.
In a January interview, Clinton told National
Public Radio, "I don't see myself getting back into politics. I want to
be involved in philanthropy, advocacy, working on issues like women and
girls that I care deeply about."
Still, many have compared the look and tone of the recent Human
Rights Campaign video to the 2007 video in which Clinton launched her
2008 presidential campaign. And 2016-watchers note that in the last
month, Clinton has relaunched her website and has said she is working on
a book about her time as secretary of state.
speculation puts Clinton in line with other possible Democratic
presidential contenders, including Vice President Joe Biden, New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.
But on Sunday, David Plouffe, a former top adviser to President Obama, said Clinton would be the candidate to beat in 2016.
too soon to know. I think she is, in both parties right now, by far I
think the most interesting candidate, probably the strongest candidate,"