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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