October 23, 2015

Clinton Tries To Rewrite History On DOMA Support

This evening in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Hillary Clinton tried to portray herself as an opponent of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):

MADDOW: “Whether it was ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ or the Defense of Marriage Act or the – you know, tough on crime (ph) mandatory sentences.  Former President Clinton is progressive on all those issues now… “

CLINTON:  “Right.”

MADDOW: “…but the policies that he signed – for politically practical reasons – in the ’90s have taken – you know, the political mural – miracle of Barack Obama’s election and – and – and a decade of progressive activism to unwind those things to get back to zero. And so I know that you and President Clinton are different people, and I know that – I don’t – you – you’re not responsible for what he did as president. But is your approach to civil rights issues the same as his, or is it different?”

CLINTON: “Well, I – I want to say a word about the – the issues you mentioned, because my – my – my take on it is slightly different. On Defense of Marriage, I think what my husband believed – and there was certainly evidence to support it – is that there was enough political momentum to amend the Constitution of the United States of America, and that there had to be some way to stop that. And there wasn’t any rational argument – because I was in on some of those discussions, on both ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and on – on DOMA, where both the president, his advisers and occasionally I would – you know, chime in and talk about, ‘you can’t be serious. You can’t be serious.’ But they were. And so, in – in a lot of ways, DOMA was a line that was drawn that was to prevent going further.”

However, back in 2000, Clinton told the New York Daily News that she would have voted for the bill if she had been in the Senate:

“The First Lady reluctantly waded into the issue in response to questions, saying she backed her husband’s signing of the GOP-sponsored Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, which bans federal recognition of gay marriages and lets states ignore same-sex unions licensed elsewhere. After repeated questioning by reporters, she finally said that had she been in the Senate in 1996, she would have supported the law.”

And she told The Associated Press that she believed marriage was between one man and one woman:

“Marriage has got historic, religous and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.”

Something she repeated on the Senate floor in 2004:

Clinton was publicly opposed to gay marriage as recently as March 2013, and has struggled to answer questions on her change in position, including in a disastrous interview with NPR last year:

As Clinton attempts to rewrite history on her support of the Defense of Marriage Act, she is only giving voters another example of how she will say anything to win an election.