Clinton joins other Dems in backing gay marriage

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton s...

CHARLES BABINGTON, AP
Mon Mar 18, 9:02 PM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's embrace of gay marriage suggests she is weighing a 2016 presidential run and trying to avoid the type of late-to-the-party caution that hurt her first bid.

Her chief Democratic rivals endorsed same-sex marriage as much as seven years ago. The position is widely supported by Democratic and independent voters.

Clinton's move may render the issue largely settled among Democrats in 2016 if she decides to run. But things could be vastly different in the November 2016 general election.

The Democratic nominee is virtually certain to support same-sex marriage while there's a strong possibility the Republican nominee will not.

That could be a problem for the GOP. A new poll finds that 58 percent of Americans support gay marriage.