Gay Rights Group To Honor Guy Who Gave Us DOMA And DADT
A prominent gay rights group plans to honor former President Clinton:
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is honoring former President Bill Clinton with its “Advocate for Change award.”
“President Clinton’s support of the LGBT community and recognition that DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional and should be struck down shows that the political landscape continues to change in favor of LGBT equality,” GLAAD’s strategic giving officer Wilson Cruz said on Wednesday. “Leaders and allies like President Clinton are critical to moving our march for equality forward.”
The former Democratic president had signed DOMA into law but earlier this year announcedthat he no longer supported it. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case in the coming months determining DOMA’s constitutionality.
It was also during the Clinton Administration that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell went into effect after a failed attempt to end the ban on homosexuals in the military. To be fair, DADT did give gays and lesbians in uniform more protection than they had before but, as we learned during the time that it was in effect, it was a huge opportunity for abuse and harassment of gay service members.
I get the fact that Clinton has changed his opinion by essentially saying that he knowingly signed into law an unconstitutional bill, but does what he actually did while in office count for nothing? Or is that all whitewashed now?