On March 7th former President Bill Clinton expressed a change in his attitude about same sex marriages. He stated "In 1996, I signed the Defense of Marriage Act. Although that was only 17 years ago, it was a very different time. In no state in the union was same-sex marriage recognized, much less available as a legal right, but some were moving in that direction. Washington, as a result, was swirling with all manner of possible responses, some quite draconian. As a bipartisan group of former senators stated in their March 1 amicus brief to the Supreme Court, many supporters of the bill known as DOMA believed that its passage “would defuse a movement to enact a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which would have ended the debate for a generation or more.” It was under these circumstances that DOMA came to my desk, opposed by only 81 of the 535 members of Congress.
On March 27, DOMA will come before the Supreme Court, and the justices must decide whether it is consistent with the principles of a nation that honors freedom, equality and justice above all (including duty and honor to God) and is therefore constitutional. As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles (especially religious) and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution. This from a seemingly godless man who was an adulterer WHILE serving as President of the United States.
Lest we forget that 15 years ago Saturday—Bill Clinton famously told the nation, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." Clinton later confessed that he did indeed have an "improper physical relationship" with Monica Lewinksky, a 24-year-old White House intern. For his deceit, Clinton became the second president in American history impeached by the House of Representatives—the second step required for removal from office, a Senate trial, failed to eject Clinton.
The impeachment remains controversial, with many supporters arguing that Clinton's personal life should not have been a public issue. Oh really? This man, holding the public trust, and occupying the top position in the United States should not have had to discuss his adultrous actions with the American people? Yet we are to take his opinion to heart on the topic of same sex marriages? Actually, he might make the very BEST spokesperson since most God fearing and worshiping Americans would NOT agree with overturning DOMA.