Bill Clinton: 'I'm Basically in Support' of Same-Sex Marriage
Bill Clinton, who described his position on same-sex marriage as "evolving" during a stop on his speaking tour in May with former President George W. Bush, told a crowd at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, DC, on July 8 that he is "basically in support" of it.
The Nation reports: "In his most recent remarks on the subject, Clinton said, 'I think all these states that do it should do it.' The former president, however, added that he does not believe that same-sex marriage is 'a federal question.' Asked if he personally supported same-sex marriage, Clinton replied, 'Yeah.' 'I personally support people doing what they want to do,' Clinton said. 'I think it's wrong for someone to stop someone else from doing that [same-sex marriage].' The former president joins a string of prominent Democrats who have recently switched their position on the issue, including former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean, New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd."
While Clinton says he does not believe same-sex marriage is a federal question, the Defense of Marriage Act he signed into law as President in 1996 makes full marriage equality in the United States an impossibility by prohibiting federal recognition of said marriages. President Obama has promised to repeal DOMA.