Presidential politics at issue in 1996 signing of DOMA

09/29/2011 | Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)

In his final installment of a series detailing the enactment 15 years ago of the Defense of Marriage Act, Chris Geidner speaks with LGBT advocates who worked for then-President Bill Clinton, as well as the nonprofit leaders who opposed the administration's embrace of the law ahead of the 1996 presidential election. Within the administration, "there were many more people who were resigned to it than were outraged by it," said Richard Socarides, who served as an adviser to Clinton on LGBT issues. Geidner finds much disagreement among former White House staff and LGBT advocates over whether Clinton needed to sign the legislation in order to avoid making his re-election effort tougher.

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