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Clinton defends description of DOMA’s history

Clinton defends description of DOMA’s history

Hillary Clinton as Val the bartender.

Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will talk about the origin of the Defense of Marriage Act, but wants voters to remember that was then and this is now. Yesterday, 6 November, she and two other candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, participated in a forum sponsored by MSNBC.

The event was held at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Last month, the former secretary of state told Rachel Maddow that in the 1990s, then President Bill Clinton signed DOMA to block Republicans from coming up with more stringent laws; DOMA 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,’ Clinton said last month.

‘…In a lot of ways, DOMA was a line that was drawn that was to prevent going further,’ she added.

A 30 October article by BuzzFeed calls the theory into question. The report states the Clinton White House was not worried about an anti-marriage rights amendment.

At last night’s forum, candidate Clinton insisted an amendment ‘was something that came up in private discussions that I had,’ according to Yahoo Finance.

‘If I’m wrong about the public debate, I obviously take responsibility for that,’ she added.

However, she emphasized that now she supports marriage equality and LGBTI rights.

In 1996, when DOMA was being considered, Sanders was in the House of Representatives. He voted against the legislation, which passed the lower chamber rather easily 342-67.

On recent campaign stops the senator has reminded voters he has always stood for LGBTI rights.

In 2012, O’Malley signed a bill making same-sex marriage legal in Maryland.

According to a Quinnipiac University Poll, released on 23 October, Clinton leads with likely Iowa party caucus participants at 51%; Sanders garners 40%; O’Malley 4%.

Iowa is the first state in the presidential primary.