Clinton conceded that her husband didn't get as much done at she would have liked, but that there was an honest effort on their part to fight for gay rights.
"I think I am a leader now. And I think we are doing a lot to not only talk about laws, as important as they are, but to really try to change attitudes that we should be more open. More accepting," the former first lady said.
The audience seemed most pleased by Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a long-shot presidential candidate who is in step with the Human Rights Campaign with his support of same-sex marriage. He was introduced as a longtime champion of the gay community and told the crowd the nation needs a president who is going to be an "exemplar of equality."
Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel went after his '08 rivals for "playing it safe" when it comes to gay marriage. He said Democrats are not going to lose votes by supporting gay marriage.
Sens. Joe Biden of Delaware and Chris Dodd of Connecticut did not participate in the two-hour forum, citing scheduling conflicts.