NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton tersely defended her initial opposition to gay marriage, denying in a radio interview that political reasons were behind her shift last year to support same-sex marriage. She accused the host of the show of ‘‘playing with my words.’’
‘‘I did not grow up even imagining gay marriage, and I don’t think you did either,’’ Clinton told National Public Radio’s Terry Gross during an interview broadcast Thursday on ‘‘Fresh Air.’’
‘‘This was an incredibly new and important idea that people on the front lines of the gay right movement began to talk about and slowly, but surely, convinced others about the rightness of that position,’’ she added. ‘‘When I was ready to say what I said, I said it.’’
The exchange came during Clinton’s media tour supporting her new book, ‘‘Hard Choices,’’ about the former first lady and senator’s time as President Obama’s secretary of state. Clinton has said she’ll decide later this year whether to make a second run for president.
In 2008, Clinton, Barack Obama, and other Democratic presidential candidates opposed legalizing same-sex marriage, although they endorsed versions of civil unions.
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