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Hillary Clinton's evolution on same-sex marriage came long after many of her Democratic colleagues, and Susan Sarandon isn't going to let her forget it.
Drew Sheldrick

29 Jan 2016 - 10:26 AM  UPDATED 29 Jan 2016 - 10:26 AM

American actress Susan Sarandon didn't hold back on her criticism of Hillary Clinton's gay rights record on Wednesday.

Appearing at an Iowa campaign rally for Clinton's Democratic rival for the party's nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders, Sarandon made reference to Clinton's late turnaround on same-sex marriage rights.

“It’s one thing to be for gay rights and gay marriage once everybody else is for it. That’s not difficult," Sarandon said while introducing Sanders at the event.

Clinton was opposed to same-sex marriage when she ran for the Democratic nomination in 2008, but this year urged the Supreme Court to rule in favour of nationwide marriage equality. Sanders has a record of support dating back to 2009.

Sarandon continued to call Clinton's gay marriage record into question in an interview with the Daily Mail about her endorsement of Sanders.

"There's a number of issues where she has come around but she very clearly equivocated or was not there in the beginning," Sarandon said.

"She was not [for same-sex marriage], and that's a matter of record, and yes she has come around, but my point is, it's great that she came around, but wouldn't it be great to be a leader instead of a follower, especially if you're going to hold the highest office in the land?"

In December, Clinton launched a new campaign to attract LGBT support for her run for US president. Her official campaign website includes an LGBT "issues" page, with a pledge from Clinton that reads:

“We should ban discrimination against LGBT Americans and their families so they can live, learn, marry, and work just like everybody else."

The Clinton campaign also released a video in June which specifically targeted the LGBT community.

As secretary of state, Clinton ended State Department regulations that denied same-sex couples and their families equal rights and updated the State Department’s policy so that transgender individuals’ passports reflect their true gender.

The first Democratic primary/caucus will be held in Iowa next week.

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