Wednesday, September 21, 2016

On this day in 1996: Bill Clinton signs anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act into law

It was twenty years ago today--September 21, 1996--when President Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act. The law prevented states that didn't allow same-sex marriage from being forced to recognize gay unions from other states. Article IV of the US Constitution's Full Faith and Credit Clause would otherwise make those marriages a sea-to-shining sea legality.

Signing such a bill today would be called "deplorable" by Hillary Clinton, who opposed gay marriage until three years ago.

DOMA was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in 2013, after which White House was arrayed in gay flag lighting.

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