Bill Clinton Calls for DOMA Repeal
March 7, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Tonight the 42nd President of the United States proudly voiced his support for the Supreme Court to overturn the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He also reiterated his support for marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
Former President Bill Clinton, who signed DOMA into law in 1996, said that the law is inconsistent with the nation’s principles of freedom, equality and justice.
In the op-ed, he explained:
"When I signed the bill, I included a statement with the admonition that “enactment of this legislation should not, despite the fierce and at times divisive rhetoric surrounding it, be understood to provide an excuse for discrimination.” Reading those words today, I know now that, even worse than providing an excuse for discrimination, the law is itself discriminatory. It should be overturned."
On March 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider overturning the law that denies legally marriage same-sex couples over 1,100 federal rights and benefits.
HRC is a proud member of the Respect for Marriage Coalition, which includes more than 80 civil rights, faith, health, labor, business, legal, LGBT, student and women’s organizations working together to end the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and grow support for marriage equality.
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