Bill Clinton: Why We Must End DOMA
Ex-president calls on Supreme Court to reject law he signed
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 8, 2013 3:36 AM CST
Updated Mar 8, 2013 4:30 AM CST
Bill Clinton attends an event in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court is preparing to take up the Defense of Marriage Act—and the very president who signed it is urging justices to strike it down. DOMA came at "a very different time" in US history, writes Bill Clinton in a Washington Post editorial. No state recognized same-sex marriage, and just 81 of 535 members of Congress opposed the measure's passage. Some senators, Clinton notes, saw the law as a way of preventing a more extreme constitutional amendment against gay marriage.

The Supreme Court will examine whether DOMA supports "freedom, equality, and justice above all." Since signing the measure in 1996, "I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution," Clinton writes. The law bars same-sex married couples from "more than a thousand federal statutes and programs available to other married couples." At the time, Clinton noted that the law shouldn't "provide an excuse for discrimination." But "I know now that, even worse than providing an excuse for discrimination, the law is itself discriminatory," he writes. Click through for the full piece.

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BarackMustGo
Mar 11, 2013 7:44 AM CDT
Before eliminating DOMA the dirty little secret......gay couples plan on suing for back benefits for their partners, which cannot be aloud to happen. That would be like saying, that when we overturn Roe v Wade in a couple of years....any woman, and her surgeon that participated in an unborn child, is now subject to a murder charge. Unfortunately, all gay/liberal kissing cousin gene afflicted individuals stopped developing, emotionally, at around ten years of age ......therefore rational thinking, reasoning is way, waaaaaay beyond their grasp.
lvan
Mar 9, 2013 10:12 PM CST
Oh shit. Wife stepped on his balls again. Scream Billy, scream!
MSH
Mar 9, 2013 6:06 AM CST
It is sad that we have had to defend and define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Marriage has always been sacred bond between 2 people of the opposite sex although there are those that have never taken the vows seriously. If our great country is to remain a great country and hopes to be blessed by God - we need to regain the morals that some would have us disgard!