Former President Bill Clinton: Supreme Court Should Strike Down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

by Colonel on March 9, 2013

“Former President Bill Clinton is calling on the Supreme Court to overturn a law he signed that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Clinton says the Defense of Marriage Act is incompatible with the Constitution. He says he signed the law in 1996 to avoid legislation that would have been even worse for gays.

“On March 27,” Clinton writes in a Washington Post op ed, “DOMA will come before the Supreme Court, and the justices must decide whether it is consistent with the principles of a nation that honors freedom, equality and justice above all, and is therefore constitutional. As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution.”

He says he now realizes the law discriminates against gays.

” — Copyright 2013 CBS Interactive Inc./The Associated Press

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