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Bill Clinton: It’s Time for Gay Marriage

President who signed DOMA backs NY bill
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2011 11:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – The president who signed the Defense of Marriage Act is now campaigning to legalize gay marriage in New York. Bill Clinton released a statement through Human Rights Campaign today backing the bill currently being considered in his home state, Politico reports. “Our nation’s permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union’—deepening the meaning of freedom,” Clinton said. “Now we should do it again, in New York, with marriage equality.”

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Clinton first flipped on gay marriage in 2009. “I changed my position,” he said. “I am no longer opposed to that. I think if people want to make commitments that last a lifetime, they ought to be able to do it.” Hillary Clinton announced a similar shift earlier this year. (Read more Bill Clinton stories.)

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