#NeverForget – September 20, 1996: The Day Bill Clinton Sold Out The Gay Community And Signed DOMA Into Law

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. Jim Andris says:

    Regarding Clinton’s defense, what do you think would have happened if Clinton hadn’t been elected? As I recall, he claimed that his opponent would have done much worse things, including seeking the constitutional amendment. I would like to hear your response to this.

  2. David Cornell says:

    His opponent likely would have done worse, yes. But let’s be clear about a federal constitutional amendment: That was simply not in the mix, not on the table, and not in the air when Clinton signed DOMA. That is revisionist history that is rejected even by strong Clinton supporters who were LGBT leaders back then and in the loop as to what threats were real — people like Hilary Rosen and Elizabeth Birch and many more who all called out Bill’s revision of history when he tried to sell it a couple of years ago. They weren’t having it, and neither should we. A federal constitutional amendment only became a real prospect during W’s presidency, in response to the Massachusetts and other decisions that started to bring in marriage equality state by state.

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