Target: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton
Goal: Thank Clinton for urging Congress to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act
Back in 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), an act that granted married couples certain privileges as long as they weren’t of the same sex, with the hopes that it would curtail the efforts of more radical conservatives who wanted to make an amendment to the constitution banning gay marriage. Despite Clinton’s statement that DOMA should not be misconstrued as discrimination, he has realized now, 17 years later, that the act itself is indeed discriminatory.
Clinton released a statement recently in which he explained why he is now pledging his support towards overturning the Defense of Marriage Act:
“We are still a young country, and many of our landmark civil rights decisions are fresh enough that the voices of their champions still echo, even as the world that preceded them becomes less and less familiar. We have yet to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, but a society that denied women the vote would seem to us now not unusual or old-fashioned but alien. I believe that in 2013 DOMA and opposition to marriage equality are vestiges of just such an unfamiliar society.”
On March 27th, DOMA will once again be put before the Supreme Court. The justices will have to decide whether or not DOMA remains in line with our nation’s principals of freedom and equality for all. In addition to the Obama administration, many others have joined petitioner Edith Windsor in her fight to see DOMA overturned and now former President Bill Clinton is joining them in their support. Help support Clinton and his brave stand against a bill he helped sign nearly 17 years ago.
Dear President Clinton,
You should be commended for your courage and your unwavering desire to set things right. I understand that the United States was a much different place 17 years ago and that you signed the DOMA bill in order to avoid an even bigger breach of constitutional rights for same-sex couples.
Now that same-sex marriages are becoming more and more prevalent in our country, it’s time to put an end to the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and prove once and for all that the United States is indeed a country to values freedom and equality for all above all else. I know that with individuals like you backing up the Obama Administration’s fight against DOMA, the future for same-sex couples can only get brighter. By signing this petition, I am personally thanking you for all your efforts against DOMA.
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