Bill Clinton Calls his Anti-Gay Marriage Act DOMA, Unconstitutional.

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Bill Clinton announced his opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, which he signed into law in 1996.

But now says this:

Because Section 3 of the act defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, same-sex couples who are legally married in nine states and the District of Columbia are denied the benefits of more than a thousand federal statutes and programs available to other married couples. Among other things, these couples cannot file their taxes jointly, take unpaid leave to care for a sick or injured spouse or receive equal family health and pension benefits as federal civilian employees. Yet they pay taxes, contribute to their communities and, like all couples, aspire to live in committed, loving relationships, recognized and respected by our laws.

While campaigning slick Willie made “promises”  to the gays that he ended up reversing on. I will say that at that time acceptance for gay rights was  certainly not what it is today, Clinton signed both DOMA and DADT in to law. 


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  1. chris

    Your position on Bill Clinton is ill informed. First, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was instituted because he DID live up to his campaign promise of having his first executive order being doing away with the discrimination in the military. Immediately there was an outcry. Sam Nunn and Colin Powell told him they would pass legislation overriding his order unless he compromised. And they had the votes! So “Don’t Ask” was the compromise to let gay men and women serve. It’s not what Clinton wanted or tried to do. As far as DOMA, there was a large movement for a constitutional amendment to prohibit gays from marrying, Many commentators at the time thought it could sail through, and if you understand that process, you know reversing it would have been overwhelmingly difficult. The Supreme Court could not have overturned it because it would have become part of the Constitution. DOMA was an attempt to shortcut this, and it did. If you believe for one second the man who appointed the first openly gay US Ambassador, James Hormel, the man who appointed the first openly gay undersecretary of HUD, Roberta Achtenberg, who had a gay laison in the White House was anti gay… are sorely ill informed. Were DOMA and DADT grave disappointments? Certainly. But we deal with the world we are currently in, and those were very different times.

    • Izzoiz

      Where in this post did i say Clinton was anti-gay?? No where.

  2. Jim Hlavac
    Jim Hlavac03-08-2013

    How quaint that he only writes an op-ed piece, and doens’t file a friend of the gays brief with the court.

  3. Chris

    Slick bill is a typical politician. Whatever the majority flow is he will fall in line with. Enough said and read for that matter, next!!!

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