While Bill Clinton was in office, gay rights activists weren’t nearly as influential as they are now. It’s now common place for Hollywood and sports starts to come out of the closet, but back then it was still very much taboo.
President Bill Clinton signed several pieces of legislation into law that would have been derided as homophobic now. Two laws in particular, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, were hated by those who have worked towards what they view as “progress” in the arena of gay rights.
Now, Hillary Clinton is singing a different tune on why husband Bill signed DOMA into law. She claims it was to prevent an anti-gay marriage amendment to the Constitution. In an interview earlier this month she said (as reported by the Washington Post):
“On Defense of Marriage [Act], I think what my husband believed — and there was certainly evidence to support it — is that there was enough political momentum to amend the Constitution of the United States of America, and that there had to be some way to stop that. And there wasn’t any rational argument — because I was in on some of those discussions, on both ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and on DOMA, where both the president, his advisers and occasionally I would — you know, chime in and talk about, ‘You can’t be serious. You can’t be serious.’ But they were. And so, in a lot of ways, DOMA was a line that was drawn that was to prevent going further. It was a defensive action.”
–Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, interview on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Oct. 23, 2015
Unfortunately for the Clintons, the Washington Free Beacon’s Alana Goodman has been reporting relentlessly on the facts. At the time, Bill apparently thought that he ‘did what was right [signing DOMA into law].’ Not only did Bill sign the law because of his own sense of morality, but Hillary was even less comfortable with the gay rights agenda. Goodman explains,
According to the tape, the president indicated that his wife had a “general discomfort” around “gay people who were kind of acting out.”
The other major contender for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, has rightly accused the Clintons of rewriting history.
Comment below: Do you think the Clintons will have to face the truth from the mainstream media on their past views with gay rights?