Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is ratcheting up his criticism of rival Hillary Clinton for defending her husband Bill Clinton’s signing of the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996.
‘It bothered me to hear Secretary Clinton say, well, you know, DOMA was really about to prevent something even worse. That just wasn’t true,’ Sanders told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday (26 September) night.
Clinton appeared on Maddow’s show last Friday (22 September) and was asked about DOMA which prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages even if the unions were honored by the states.
‘On Defense of Marriage, I think what my husband believed – and there was certainly evidence to support it – is that there was enough political momentum to amend the Constitution of the United States of America, and that there had to be some way to stop that …In a lot of ways, DOMA was a line that was drawn that was to prevent going further.’
Sanders, who voted against DOMA as a senator from Vermont, is not having any pf Clinton’s logic on DOMA although he acknowledges ‘the times then were very, very different…we had a lot of homophobia going on, you know, right-wing Republican leadership clearly trying to push this anti-gay legislation.’
Key provisions of DOMA were gutted by the US Supreme Court in 2013.