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Former president who signed DOMA: People who oppose gay marriage are acting out of concerns for their own identity

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By Doug Powers  •  April 21, 2013 04:15 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

“What the American people have got to decide is whether they believe people like me.” – Bill Clinton, October 2012
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Bill Clinton has been handed a giant eraser and tasked with scrubbing anything from the political past that could be a hindrance to Hillary’s White House bid in 2016. DOMA is one of them, and Bill’s working on it, with a little help and recognition from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

What better way to follow up Clinton’s “Father of the Year” award than by GLAAD honoring the 42nd president for championing the effort to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by President… Bill Clinton.

From Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters:

During his acceptance speech for the Advocate for Change Award at the 24th annual Los Angeles dinner of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Clinton said, “People who oppose equal rights for gays in the marriage sphere are basically acting out of concerns for their own identity not out of respect for anyone else.”

These days, Clinton says he signed DOMA because “it was a very different time” back then (specifically, less than two months before the 1996 election). In other words, by Clinton’s own measure, he signed DOMA out of concern for his own political future and not out of respect for anyone else.

Clinton also now claims the law is unconstitutional, which means he must want everybody to believe he signed it during a “very different time” before the constitution was ratified (unless he’s trying to say he knowingly signed something he thought was unconstitutional — but let’s face it, he was a little distracted back then).

All this didn’t go unnoticed by at least one person in attendance. It’s hard to blame anybody who is confused. It’s kind of like Reverend Shaw Moore from Footloose showing up at a Bomont City Council meeting and saying “time to overturn that unconstitutional ‘no dancing’ law — let’s Lambada!” After that, his wife announces she’s running for president.

And we can’t have a Bill Clinton post without a time-honored accompanying joke.

**Written by Doug Powers

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