Daily Revolt

December 19, 2007

Edwards Would Repeal "Discriminatory" Clinton Law

Is this a slap at Billary? It is not clear whether this proposal would help Edwards in a more conservative State like Iowa, which he needs to win:
John Edwards said yesterday that if elected president, he would try to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, signed in 1996 by President Clinton, and do away with the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the U.S. military.

"I think we should get rid of DOMA; I think DOMA was a mistake from the beginning, and discriminatory, and so I will do everything in my power as president to do that," the Democratic candidate said in a three-minute meeting with reporters.

Asked by The Washington Times why the act is discriminatory, he bristled, then said: "I think it's discriminatory against gay and lesbian couples, that's what's discriminatory about it."

An Edwards staffer ended the press conference one minute later.

DOMA stipulates that no state "shall be required" to recognize a marriage between persons of the same sex, even if the "marriage" is recognized in another state. The act also defines the word "marriage" as "only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife."

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home