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What do you think about President Bill Clinton – the guy who signed the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 – now supporting gay marriage in New York?

By |2018-01-16T11:04:40-05:00May 19th, 2011|Opinions|

Did his much-appreciated newfound support come with a directly stated apology and explanation for DOMA?
-Peter M. Spencer

I would say that since he is no longer president he can afford to have a little bit of personal integrity on this subject. I am certain that both he and President Obama have never really objected to equal marriage, but both felt it necessary to turn their backs on us for political expediency. Fortunately times and acceptance have changed since Clinton did this vile thing, so now Obama can start to be the advocate he promised us he would be. I hope he will continue on that path he has set by refusing to defend DOMA, and that we will have equal marriage before he leaves office.
-Karen Hale

I think it’s great. Whether it was purely about political expediency is a matter of debate, but bear in mind that Clinton was groundbreaking for his time. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” while very problematic, did go a long way toward opening the door to the point we are at now, DOMA notwithstanding.
-Dave Goulding

Dave: DADT was a horrid “compromise” which resulted in tens of thousands of service people being kicked out of the military, losing their careers, pensions, and self-respect. I have always loved Bill Clinton DESPITE his acquiescence on those issues, such as gays in the military, about which he should have been resolute. I appreciate him coming out now for gay marriage, and I think it takes a great deal of integrity to do so IN SPITE of his weakness regarding our civil rights in the nineties.
-Karen Hale

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