9/30/2011

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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