Bill Clinton is admitting that he signed the Defense of Marriage Act merely because of the political climate at the time. What conviction!
Times were different in 1996 when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, former President Bill Clinton writes in today’s Washington Post.
“In no state in the union was same-sex marriage recognized, much less available as a legal right, but some were moving in that direction,” Clinton says. Supporters of the act that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, thought its passage would head off a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
But now, Clinton says, he believes DOMA is “incompatible with our Constitution.” As the Supreme Court prepares to take up the act’s constitutionality, he is making the case that it discriminates against “same-sex couples who are legally married in nine states and the District of Columbia [but] are denied the benefits of more than a thousand federal statutes and programs available to other married couples.”
Most ironic is that Clinton signed the “Defense of Marriage Act” around the time he as doinking a pizza delivery girl-turned-humidor in the Oval Office. But I digress…
What’s funny here is that Clinton said he signed DOMA for reasons of politics. And why does he want SCOTUS to now overturn the law? Conviction to the cause of gay rights? Hell no — you know the only reason he wants DOMA gone is because it’ll be hanging over Hillary’s head when she runs in 2016.
Whenever the Clintons do anything you first have to ask “what’s in it for the Clintons?” Because that’s certainly their highest priority.