This opinion column originally appeared on townhall.com on 5/10/2013.
After signing the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996, then President Bill Clinton released a statement saying, “I have long opposed governmental recognition of same-gender marriages, and this legislation is consistent with that position.” In May 2011, Clinton reversed himself on the subject, publicly supporting marriage redefinition in New York.
Then, in a March 7 Washington Post editorial entitled “It’s time to overturn DOMA,” Clinton wrote,“Although . . . [the enactment of DOMA] was only 17 years ago, it was a very different time. . . As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is . . . incompatible with our Constitution. . . It should be overturned.”