Gay Activists Turn on Hillary Clinton Over ‘Simply Untrue’ Claim About Purpose of Defense of Marriage Act

Hillary Clinton angered several gay activists when she defended the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act as a “defensive action” against Republicans who wished to enact an outright ban same-sex marriage through a constitutional amendment.

According to the Washington Blade, an LGBT newspaper, multiple gay rights activists took to social media after the Democratic presidential candidate defended DOMA and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — which were both enacted by President Bill Clinton — on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

Clinton’s remarks drew ire from David Mixner, a gay rights activist who supported President Clinton before the two clashed over “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell;” Josh Kruger, a gay writer and activist; Hilary Rosen, a LGBT activist and Hillary Clinton supporter; and Joe Sudbay, a progressive blogger who got President Barack Obama to say he could “evolve” on same-sex marriage.

The Blade pointed out that while some of Clinton’s supporters and LGBT activists are upset about her comments, some have also contended that Clinton has mostly done a lot of good in terms of LGBT issues on her campaign thus far.

The Blade reported that some circles of LGBT activists have suggested that the former president apologize for DOMA and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but while Bill Clinton came out against the measures before they were lifted, he has never apologized.

(H/T: Washington Blade)

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