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  •  Richard Socarides had a good column today about (1+ / 0-)
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    why DOMA was signed, well worth the read:
    http://www.newyorker.com/...

    And here's a contrary argument very critical of Socarides, also worth reading:
    http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/...

    •  Oh really? (0+ / 0-)

      Mr. Socarides may have been in the White House in 1996, but it appears he wasn't paying attention to the reports in the media (or has conveniently forgotten them) that folks on the Hill, Republicans among them, were quietly hoping DOMA would just go away.  There wasn't a great deal of momentum behind the bill and many Members, some of them Republicans, found it an embarrassment.  And it might well have died a natural death had Bill Clinton not come along and poured gasoline on the dying embers.  It wasn't a hot issue before he supported it, but it sure as hell was after he supported it.  He should admit he did a shameful thing back in 1996 and something even more shameful when his campaign ran radio ads in the south before the election bragging about his role in enacting DOMA.  As President, Clinton had a "complex" relationship with almost everyone, but with the possible exceptions of those with his wife and daughter, none as complex as his relationship with the GLBT community.  This is one piece of history we should not sit still for its being rewritten.

      "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by jg6544 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 11:47:59 AM PST

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      •  Human Rights Campaign called DOMA (1+ / 0-)
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        “a Bob Dole for President publicity stunt.”

        There wasn't a great deal of momentum behind the bill and many Members, some of them Republicans, found it an embarrassment.

        Really?   That explains why only one Republican voted against it, and he was the only openly gay Republican at the time.    For a bill you claim "didn't have a great deal of momentum", it passed overwhelmingly by 85–14 in the Senate and 342–67 in the House, with massive support from Democrats.     The vote wasn't even close.

        •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

          AFTER Clinton supported it.

          "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

          by jg6544 on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 08:07:10 AM PST

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