Same-sex marriage has been backed by the former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton. This declaration brings her into line with other potential Democratic candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination. Clinton said LGBT Americans are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship, which includes marriage. Clinton said she supports marriage for lesbian and gay couples "personally and as a matter of policy and law", reports the Guardian. Clinton described marriage as "a fundamental building block of our society", adding it is "great joy and a great responsibility". In her bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination against Barack Obama, she, like him, expressed support only for civil unions but not same-sex marriage. Last year, Obama announced he was backing same-sex marriages. Her video will add to speculation that Clinton plans to stand again for the White House. Other potential candidates include vice-president Joe Biden, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley and New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who all favour same-sex marriages. Clinton's comments come ahead of a supreme court hearing next week on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (Doma) signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1996. The law defines marriage as between a man and and woman, and prevent married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits. Polls show public opinion in the US has shifted to a majority in favour of same-sex marriage. Nine out of the 50 states have passed laws making it legal.Source: ANI << The Psychology Behind Self Harm Revealed Report Says Only 21 Percent Foreign-Educated Doctors can Pra... >> Recommended Reading For US Gays, Divorce is Just a Big Hurdle as Marriage is Divorce is just the same difficult as gay marriages in the US. READ MORE Most of the Americans' Support Gay Marriages According to a new poll, Americans support for same-sex marriage has reached a record high. READ MORE Germany’s First Gay Team Celebrate Despite Heavy Loss on Their Debut German rugby team Berlin Bruisers are celebrating despite suffering a heavy defeat. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Diaphragmatic Hernia Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?