An honest look at the Clinton administration’s support for the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, from former head of the Human Rights Campaign Elizabeth Birch:
…in the middle of my testimony before Congress on the constitutionality of this horrible law, the Clinton Justice Department, then headed by Janet Reno, had a letter delivered to the committee stating that, in the opinion of the Justice Department, DOMA was constitutional. (I was cut off mid-sentence as one of the more extreme house members read it aloud into the room with glee.)
…beyond signing the bill into law, the 1996 Clinton campaign decided to run ads on Christian radio bragging that DOMA had become the law of the land. …it was the president himself who wanted to run them and asked in anger whether he had any say in the matter.
President Clinton took DOMA out of play by announcing quickly he would support it and signed it into law near midnight on Sept. 21, 1996. … The Clinton campaign went on to use the LGBT community like a cash machine for reelection.
It’s all politics. And all politics is by its nature corrupt.