August 15, 2009

Bill Clinton on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and DOMA

Bill Clinton was in the process of giving the keynote speech at the Netroots Nation conference when he was interrupted by blogger/activist Lane Hudson, who challenged Clinton to explain why he signed off on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

You can see his response on the video below. I think he actaully gave a pretty good explanation myself, what do you think?

Thanks to Towleroad for the link. They also have a transcript of the former president's remarks here.

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1 comment:

  1. Having been an lgbt activist for decades, I know the facts that contradict Bill Clinton's homophobic lies.

    In 1993, 35 Senators voted to repeal the ban in legislation that got zero support from the Clinton White House. It only takes 34 Senators to sustain a veto, yet Bill Clinton lied and said he didn't have the votes to make his veto stick.

    Bill Clinton also lied about his version of the military ban. His administration deliberately designed it to increase the numbers of witchhunts and discharges. At the time it was announced, queer veterans groups were warning people that it was even worse than Reagan's version of the ban.

    It's also hysterical that the same guy who ran campaign ads in 1996 on fundamenalist Christian radio bragging about signing DOMA is now saying he didn't want to sign it.

    Bill Clinton is a gleeful liar who usually can count on people not fact checking him. That makes it important for us to be aware of his record and speak out against his homophobic lies.