President Bill Clinton answering Anderson Cooper about whether gays should be allowed to get married. But getting to those two words continues to be a Democratic political tapdance.
DOMA (defense of marriage act) was a Clinton policy and a direct betrayal of what gay America would expect from a champion of civil liberties, so that political pink elephant was still roaming around the room with Anderson and Bill.
Anderson: You said you recently changed your mind on same-sex marriage. I’m wondering what you mean by that. Do you now believe that gay people should have full rights to civil marriage nationwide?
BC: I do. I think that, well let me get back to the last point, the last word. I believe historically, for two hundred and something years, marriage has been a question left to the states and the religious institutions. I still think that’s where it belongs.
BC: That is, I was against the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage nationwide …
(I guess DOMA was his administration’s love letter to gay America!)
….. and I still think that the American should be able to play this side in debates.
But me, Bill Clinton personally, I changed my position. I am no longer opposed to that. I think if people want to make commitments that last a lifetime, they ought to be able to do it.
Sounds like a life sentence rather than a flesh and blood relationship between two people in love.