(CNSNews.com) – In accepting the “Advocate of Change” award at the GLAAD Media Awards on Sunday, former Democratic President Bill Clinton invoked the Declaration of Independence as confirming support for homosexuals as being “endowed with certain rights” but omitted the words “their Creator” as the source of those rights.
The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (GLAAD was formerly known as Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.)
In his remarks, Clinton said he felt GLAAD staff, board, and supporters should have received the award “because they are the real agents of change.”
“They actually believe that people could think and feel differently because we are, after all, a country founded on the principle that all of us were created equal and therefore are endowed with certain rights – a country with a Constitution that guarantees us equal rights under the law,” Clinton said.
The GLAAD Media Awards are designed to “recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives,” according to its website.
Clinton has been criticized for signing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996 that limits marriage to the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes. He now says he regrets signing that legislation. The Supreme Court is now deliberating the constitutionality of that law and is expected to rule on the case this summer.
Clinton said his daughter Chelsea “and her gay friends and her wonderful husband have modeled to me the way we all ought to treat each other without regard to our sexual orientation.”
Other honorees were the NBC shows “The New Normal” and “Days of Our Lives.”
Drew Barrymore hosted the event, with Hollywood celebrities as presenters, including Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Betty White and Leonardo DiCaprio.