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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #17)

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 09:24 AM

25. It was about reelection and his LGBT advisor at the time agrees.

"Inside the White House, there was a genuine belief that if the President vetoed the Defense of Marriage Act, his reelection could be in jeopardy. There was a heated debate about whether this was a realistic assessment, but it became clear that the President’s chief political advisers were not willing to take any chances. Some in the White House pointed out that DOMA, once enacted, would have no immediate practical effect on anyone—there were no state-sanctioned same-sex marriages then for the federal government to ignore. I remember a Presidential adviser saying that he was not about to risk a second term on a veto, however noble, that wouldn’t change a single thing nor make a single person’s life better.

What we didn’t fully comprehend was that, sooner than anyone imagined, there would be thousands of families who would be harmed by DOMA—denied federal benefits, recognition, and security, or kept apart by immigration laws."

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/03/why-clinton-signed-the-defense-of-marriage-act.html#ixzz2MxQ8dSaN

I find it horrifying to hear a member of the LGBTQ community applaud the enactment of DOMA. It's extremely difficult to ratify an amendment to the Constitution, which the Clinton administration knew. It was about reelection, pure and simple. We're finally moving forward as a social justice movement, after cleaning up the mess left by Clinton. Apologists are a drag on the march toward full equality.

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