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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Bill Clinton Says ‘It’s Time’ To Overturn DOMA, But Is It Too Late For The GOP?

Bill Clinton Says ‘It’s Time’ To Overturn DOMA, But Is It Too Late For The GOP?

President Bill Clinton — the man who signed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 — offered a forceful argument to overturn the law that denies same-sex couples the privileges of marriage in an op-ed for the The Washington Post, titled “It’s Time to Overturn DOMA.”

The Obama administration has refused to defend the law, which has been ruled unconstitutional by four federal district and two appeals courts.

In March, the Supreme Court will hear the case of Edith Windsor, who was forced to pay estate tax on her wife’s inheritance, despite laws that exclude heterosexual married couples from paying such penalties.

Clinton believes the Court should rule in favor of Windsor and couples in the nine states where same-sex marriage is legal.

On March 27, 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.

Clinton explains that he signed that bill — which passed both houses of Congress with only 81 votes against — was an attempt to prevent a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

“Although that was only 17 years ago, it was a very different time,” he wrote.

Clinton, like President Obama — who went from opposing same-sex marriage to saying he believes the Constitution should guarantee marriage for same-sex couples — has evolved.

But the GOP clearly hasn’t.

Gay groups are still not allowed to participate in the most prominent right-wing event of the year, CPAC — though birthers like Donald Trump are. The Republican Platform not only calls for a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, it wants to reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, another Clinton-era compromise that banned admitted homosexuals from serving in the military.

The biggest problem for the GOP is that their stand on same-sex marriage hurts them with exactly the voters they need to woo to ever have a hope of winning a presidential election.

“A new Quinnipiac poll out today drives this home with striking clarity: It finds that gay marriage has far greater support among constituencies that are growing as a share of the vote than it does with the public overall,”The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent reports.

“The poll finds that a plurality of Americans supports same sex marriage, 47-43. But dig into the internals and you find that the groups that increasingly make up the main pillars of the Democratic coalition support it in much larger numbers. Hispanics: 63-32. Young voters: 62-30. College educated whites: 59-32. White women: 50-40.”

The only people who oppose marriage equality? Republicans, non-college-educated whites, and evangelicals. Voters the GOP would win even if they nominated the conservative who best exemplifies the “sanctity of marriage” — the thrice-married Newt Gingrich.

The 17 years since Clinton signed DOMA have contained remarkable progress fueled by a patient but urgent gay rights movement. Because of that, President Obama became the first president to speak out for gay rights in his inaugural.

And Republicans need to be aware that he won’t be the last.

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28 Responses to Bill Clinton Says ‘It’s Time’ To Overturn DOMA, But Is It Too Late For The GOP?

  1. Although it is unsettling, we must face reality. There are human beings who prefer to have sex with their own gender (woman with woman, man with man). Even though it is unsettling, we must deal with it on a humanitarian basis. Recognizing the need, we must also recognize that any way we deal with it will not hurt heterosexuals in any way – at least I cannot conceive of any. Please, everyone join me in giving homosexuals eequal treatment in (almost) every way. The reason I say almost is that I am thinking of public restrooms where homosexuals should not be allowed to use their opposite sex’s restrooms (although I would not mind a lesbian coming into my public restroom!).

    Paul Nordin

    • Almost all of the restaurants in this area have only one bathroom for both genders. What is your real problem?

  2. I absolutely no longer have any respect for the Republican Party. In my eyes it has done nothing but attempt to divide and destroy us. That’s treason in my book. I believe in a two-party system, but the Republican Party of today should not be one of them. I believe there are individuals in the Republican Party worthy of holding office, fairly and honestly represent their constituents, and believe in the principals our country was founded on, but they don’t have the guts (or maybe there aren’t enough of them) to stand up strongly to reject and denounce those who have destroyed their own party…mostly through lies, deceipt, and distortion, and a lot of arrogance.

    • I absolutely agree with you, Muriel! I was a Republican for about 60 years and quit recently. Also agree with you on gay marriage. Mutual love for each other should be all that is required for a couple to be married in the eyes of the law!

    • I agree with you, except on one point. In order to get the Senate version of VAWA through the House, more than 80 Republicans had to join their Democratic counterparts and vote for changes to the House version, changes that would include ALL women (LGBT and Indian). I have no idea what political price these folks will have to pay for joining with the opposition. However, since the Republican majority in the House resisted the inclusion of all women, and thus the Senate version should have never reached a vote, it did, which means, also, that John Boehner must also be complicit. So, there is hope that reasonable Republicans in the House can work with Democrats on at least some things.

    • Didnt a Democrat sign NAFTA after Ross Perot said “that giant sucking noise you will hear will be the jobs leaving America”?

      • Funny……

        You’d be surprised just how many people don’t remember Ross Perot, or even what he was about.

        By the way, he was totally correct in his predictions.

  3. There is not ONE shred of evidence that any gay person has ever affected the life of ANY straight person. There in not a shred of evidence that ANY gay couple has ever affected the family life of any family on the planet.

    Please, I would love to hear any verified case where it has.

    All this is, is that a certain segment of our population has deemed the gay community as it’s latest scapegoats for their own problems and using the gay community to become radicalized. And, this is particularly true with the Church. They’re loosing members in groves. So, their next best tactic is to blame the gay community for THEIR problems. It’s been working, but no longer.

    People are becoming educated. And, the Church hates this.

    • Michael, there are survivor groups for girls who have been sexually abused by streight men and surivor groups for boys who have been sexually abused by gay men. My youngest son’s life was effected in this manner. Pedifiles are both gay and streight. Those SOB’s are need to burn in hell. Unfortunately some strights think all gay men are after little boys. Idoits!

      For the rest of us, marrage between two people in love should be an accepted thing.

      Any couple thinking their marrage is weaken or threaten by gays being married are unsure of their marrige. Married 454yr to the same wonderful lady!

      Quit ragging on the Church, Educated Cathoilc.

      Glade to see you your post on this subject!

      • Wow, 454 years married to the same lady:)

        That’s quite an achievement:)

        Just kidding, I know, just a typo:) hehe

        • It only seems that long on rare occations. She was rushing me to go to the Friday night fish fry. Just edited it. HA HA! Hope you ejoyed my little jab, it was men in fun

          • Ahhh, the Friday Fish Fry. Can’t keep the wife waiting now:)

            You don’t find these in the typical Fish Fry, but I prefer Walleye or Catfish.

            Don’t Jab too much. I tickle easily:)

          • Our choices are over cooked deep fried catfish, frozen fried cod patties or shrimp. can’t chew the over fried cat, cod has no flavor and schrimp in the middle of the country is expensive. We support the school get carry out cod and smother it in my home made cocktail sause. Its for a good cause.

          • That sort of food gives Seafood a bad rap.

            Get it yourself and make it the way you want.

            Your Stomach will appreciate it:)

    • Tell that to all the victims of sexual abuse . You do realize that the majority of boys who are sexually bused have it done to them at the hands of gay men right ? I know the media doesnt like to report that out of being PC but crime stats prove it

      • The vast majority of guys who molest boys are not gay. And, the same thing can be said about women molesting girls and either sex molesting either sex. Pedophilia is not a gay-orientated mental disorder.

        They are in any order you wish to use them in; married family men, friends of the family, priests, ministers, religious-orientated group counselors, boy scout troop leaders. Actually, you have more to worry about your own family members, even and above worrying about than some Chester the Molester down the street.

        No self-respecting gay man would never molest any boys. We like are guys fully mature and above the legal age.

        If any gay man does, we despise them just as surely as any straight person might, probably moreso. We have enough problems without attracting more problems with THIS issue.

  4. I am glad that President Clinton has evolved. I sure hope that the Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional. It took the Supreme Court to make inter-racial marriages law. Then all americans can marry who they want.

  5. I grew up in Chicago as a Dem and was proud when Kennedy said “Ask not what your Country can do for you but what you can do for your Country” . Todays Dems leave me when their focus is on using producers money to fund their supporters in Public Socialist Unions , Entitlement Voter ( read Freeloaders ) and the Illegal Alien vote . Its a great Communist Policy . Take money from producers who wouldnt ever vote for you and use their money against them to fund your supporters …yep they left me when they went Commie ..and I grew up and live in the Liberal Utopia and Murder Capital of America Chicago

  6. Among working Americans, Clinton is the worst president we have had since Hoover. Obama is in a close tie.

    Barack Hoover Obama.

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