Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bill Clinton on Marriage Equality

Former President Bill Clinton has told The Nation that he now supports the idea of same-sex marriage.

After speaking at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, DC, on July 8, the former president was asked if he supported same-sex marriage. Clinton, in a departure from past statements, replied in the affirmative…. Asked if he would commit his support for same-sex marriage, Clinton responded, “I’m basically in support.”


Asked if he personally supported same-sex marriage, Clinton replied, “Yeah.” “I personally support people doing what they want to do,” Clinton said. “I think it’s wrong for someone to stop someone else from doing that [same-sex marriage].”

I’m glad to hear that, and it’s good to have the support of someone who holds a great deal of sway with the Democratic Party. But I can’t help but wish that his support had evolved a little sooner… like say thirteen years ago when he was given the chance to actually take a stand for marriage equality but chose instead to sign the Defense of Marriage Act. I don’t want to sound churlish, but I think that we would have made a bit more progress without that piece of legislation and the sense that the marriage he was trying to defend was his own: the one with the American people as he faced re-election.