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  •  Evan Wolfson disagrees. Strongly. (0+ / 0-)

    Geidner, MetroWeekly, 2011:

    Daschle's argument — that DOMA was stopping something worse — doesn't fit with the recollections of most LGBT advocates engaged in the debate at the time. Evan Wolfson, who was then running the National Freedom to Marry Coalition while a lawyer at Lambda Legal, says, ''That's complete nonsense. There was no conversation about something 'worse' until eight years later. There was no talk of a constitutional amendment, and no one even thought it was possible — and, of course, it turned out it wasn't really possible to happen.

    ''So, the idea that people were swallowing DOMA in order to prevent a constitutional amendment is really just historic revisionism and not true. That was never an argument made in the '90s.''

    •  I *took part in* such conversations in Pittsburgh (0+ / 0-)

      that summer.  It may not have permeated into Lambda Legal, but it sure was a topic of discussion among Democrats, as I recall in the context of how much to pressure our no-portrait-of-liberal-courage Representative Michael Coyne (who did end up voting no -- along with, if a cursory look at the list shows, exactly no one else from Pennsylvania other than Chaka Fattah.  If you want to know why Dems voted for it, you may still have plenty of people nearby whom you could ask.)

      Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

      "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
      -- Saul Alinsky

      by Seneca Doane on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 12:42:47 PM PST

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