‘You don’t mind that they overturned your law’? Bill Clinton tweets praise for DOMA decision

Bill and Hillary Clinton issued a statement about Wednesday’s DOMA and Prop 8 rulings by the Supreme Court.

Full text of the statement:

By overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, the Court recognized that discrimination towards any group holds us all back in our efforts to form a more perfect union. We are also encouraged that marriage equality may soon return to California. We applaud the hard work of the advocates who have fought so relentlessly for this day, and congratulate Edie Windsor on her historic victory.

Wait, what?

Something like the fact that DOMA was declared unconstitutional after Clinton signed it into law? Yeah, something like that. As we suggested earlier today, Bubba was hardest hit by the DOMA ruling. Evidently he’s “evolved,” but not everyone is willing to recognize his shiny new gay-lo.

Clinton didn’t take this Twitter user’s advice:

  • digitalPimple

    Awe. Another wonderful bill Bill and the democrats obviously passed first just to find out whats in it!

    • TocksNedlog

      Pelosi voted against it.

      • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

        Political career or God.

        You’d think the choice would be simple.

    • kyleco

      I think a little more context is appropriate, to be fair. While I recognize you’re making a joke here, I am still going to make my comment:

      The Senate passed it 85-14 and the house 342-67… Clinton could have vetoed it as simply a demonstration against it, but really his approval was irrelevant at the time. He couldn’t have *actually* vetoed it even if he wanted to. Additionally, it was an election year and it was likely much easier to avoid any potential additional controversy. Personally I think that if I were in his position and I believed in equality I would have vetoed it regardless of the fact that it would have passed anyway…the unfortunate reality is politics plays a big role in an election year and I’d have to imagine any political advisor worth their salt would be urging him to pass it in the interest of re-election. On the other hand, though, perhaps you could look at it from the perspective of “as president you represent the will of the people” and the overwhelming majority seemed to be in favor. So even if he was against it, it’s actually his job to do what the people demand.

      Just throwing it out there.

  • Lotte Lenya

    Selective memory these days? Sure, why not. He has a lot to forget to remember.

    • TheLiberalHero

      Everything “wrong” Clinton did was a complete fabrication of Republicans to try to undermine the 2nd greatest President in US history. Obviously Barack Obama is 1st.

      • LinTaylor

        Hahahahahahahahaha.

        Oh wait, you’re NOT a parody account? Hang on, let me laugh harder.

        • TheLiberalHero

          You think it’s funny that the Republicans make stuff up to try to make the Democrats look bad? Right wing extremist!

          • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

            The Democrats do not need anyone to make them look bad.
            They are doing fine, all by themselves.

          • stratman51

            ObamaisSatan:
            You think it’s funny that the Democrats make up stuff to try to make the Republicans look bad? Wrong wing extremist!
            For the correction, you’re welcome.

        • Richo

          Um, yeah, it is a parody account.

        • stratman51

          Belongs as a “story” on ‘The Onion’ site!

    • $4356589

      Apparently no one on this board has EVER changed their minds? Oh that’s right, conservatives don’t believe in evolution. You must stubbornly hold on to your spoon-fed opinions (until your masters tell you otherwise).

      • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

        If evolution and global warming are accepted science, why do they require “belief”?

        You may as well ask people if they believe in gravity.

        Also, evolution, which is in many ways predicated on natural law, goes against the value of so-called “gay marriage”.

        Think all these gay marriage “supporters” care about the GLBTQ community at large?

        Just look at Native Americans, Blacks and single women. How’d big government work out for them?

        Finally, being conservative means that you stick to tradition, which doesn’t involve massive changes, especially ones that are selfish and designed to make yourself look better or good in front of others.

        You see, conservatives don’t have masters. They aren’t the party of big government.

        Vote GOP 2014.

      • Lotte Lenya

        Pot meet kettle. What you just said is a lesson in PROJECTION.

  • TheLiberalHero

    Yet again, Republicans prove how misinformed they are. The Republicans put DOMA in place. It was George Bush Sr. who did it. Clinton tried to repeal it like, once a month, but the Republicans wouldn’t let him. I think that’s why they tried to impeach him too.

    • southkakalak

      You do know that you are wrong, right? Bill Clinton signed it into law at 12:50am Sept 21 1996. FACT.

    • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

      Another low info Obama supporter strikes again.

    • Clete Torres

      Parody at it’s finest.

      • MarcusFenix

        I’m still undecided if it’s parody or egregious stupidity….it’s just too close to call.

        • Jeremy

          same thing I am thinking.

          • Dumbfounded

            Thank you, Yoda

      • MarcusFenix

        I’m still undecided if it’s parody or egregious stupidity….it’s just too close to call.

    • Lisa Dean

      DOMA – introduced in May 1996 by Bob Barr and signed into law by Bill Clinton on Sept. 21, 1996. Clinton was sitting as President then – not Bush Sr.

    • stratman51

      180degrees off like a good lib lemming.

    • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

      Can you clarify if this is satire?

      Sorry that we can’t tell because there’s some real serious ignorance throughout the USA electorate.

    • $30756787

      Clinton tried to hide the stained blue dress also.

  • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

    Hypocrites and liars have a hard time with what they sow.
    Clinton is a prime example of the liberal mentality.

    • $4356589

      Yes, the liberal mentality to have an open mind and admit that sometimes, you might be wrong.

      • http://discus.com yourmamatoo

        No liberal has done so, they just flat out lie.
        And are nothing but hypocrites.

      • Jay Stevens

        Then why didn’t Bill admit he was wrong?

  • scott burchell

    This is typical of the hypocritical election process. Didn’t both Hillary and Obama support and vow to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage during their campaigns on the Southern States meet and greet? Typical of the evolvement and ongoing maturity of these two to embrace now the fairness of striking down DOMA. These two and others on both sides of the aisle wait until the court rules and then cretin like slither out from under their rocks to chime in. They only bring a dog to the fight when the fight is over.

    • Rightturn

      Whose traditional marriage has been made less sanctified by President Obama?

  • TocksNedlog

    ‘say nothing about DOMA today unless it involves the words “stupid, wrong, never should have done it.”‘
    — One imagines that Hillary has heard those words a few thousand times over the years.

  • Clete Torres

    What would Bill do without Shillary there to tell him what to think?

  • MarcusFenix

    Clinton was for DOMA before he was against it? Where have we heard that logic before?

    • $4356589

      Yes, he was. Have you never changed your mind about anything? Are you that stubborn a person?

      • CatHerder

        Do you have no core principles you will defend until the bitter end?

        I have changed my mind about many things, but I was not influenced by an adulterous liar in any of them.

      • MarcusFenix

        I’ve changed my mind on a great many things, including my stance on issues such as this. So to answer directly, no…i’m not that stubborn, but I could see where someone who doesn’t know me might make such a connection. No harm, no foul. What I was shooting for was a little bit of humor, but if it didn’t work then that’s on me.

        What I would point out, however, is that I’m not a lawmaker. I’m not a person who directly creates, shapes, and influences public policy. I have no direct legislative experience. Clinton, however, cannot make that claim.

        This is also an instance where Clinton didn’t actually change his mind.

        Clinton stated when he signed DOMA into law that he was against it, because he felt it was a slight against friends and loved ones, and that it was something he didn’t really want to do. However, he did it, in effect…to save his own political hide. He didn’t say he was against it because he felt the law was against his moral beliefs or that it was unconstitutional and he’d fight it, but merely that it affected a small, core group of people around him. Not the homosexual community. Not the populace at large.

        He did it to save his own skin.

        So what we have, at the end of the day, was someone who believed one thing, and did another based on political gain. it’s not that he changed his mind, per se…because he’s always stated (directly or otherwise) what his position was on the subject.

        He just didn’t actually follow his thoughts with any action that backed it up. That doesn’t make him a person who changed his mind.

        It makes him a hypocrite.

      • Noah

        I’m sorry, but believing that all people are created equal and deserving off certain rights isn’t something you just “changed your mind on”. What exactly was different that caused Clinton to have this Road to Damascus-like conversion? hm? did he “evolve” or something?

  • MarcusFenix

    Clinton was for DOMA before he was against it? Where have we heard that logic before?

  • grais

    These two? Talking about marriage?
    hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahaha

  • Mike Faber

    I love how this site is alluding to the fact that Clinton pushed for or even wanted DOMA.

    Considering that Congress shoved it in his face during an election year (about 2 months before an election), Clinton signed it rather than have to risk losing a national election in the mid 90’s. So he played politics. Yes, Bill Clinton made a calculated political decision. Remember when Presidents held their nose and signed things into law when they pass Congress and are supported by most of America? Who knows what was in his heart when he signed DOMA? I guess it wasn’t a winning issue then. But it is now. The very fact the debate continues 17 years after DOMA tells me that the American people will always side on civil rights. Do you think Truman or Eisenhower would have passed the civil rights act? Think America was ready for that back then?

    But today, congress knows nothing of compromise. It’s either yes or no.

    • Lisa Dean

      Even if he didn’t want it, signing it was a mute point on his part, it passed with enough votes in Congress that he couldn’t have vetoed it.

    • Clete Torres

      “Yes, Bill Clinton made a calculated political decision.”

      Yes, he did. He could have, oh I don’t know, shown some backbone and stood by his principles and not signed it. But he signed it. Thus showing he: 1. has no backbone, and 2. he thinks so little of his core constituency that he bends to whichever direction would be the most politically advantageous.

      • kyleco

        See @lisa_dean:disqus’s comment above; the Senate passed it 85-14 and the house 342-67… Clinton could have vetoed it as simply a demonstration against it, but really his approval was irrelevant at the time. Additionally, it was an election year and it was likely much easier to avoid any potential additional controversy. Personally I think that if I were in his position and I believed in equality I would have vetoed it regardless of the fact that it would have passed anyway…the unfortunate reality is politics plays a big role in an election year and I’d have to imagine any political advisor worth their salt would be urging him to pass it in the interest of re-election. On the other hand, though, perhaps you could look at it from the perspective of “as president you represent the will of the people” and the overwhelming majority seemed to be in favor. So even if he was against it, it’s actually his job to do what the people demand.

        Just throwing it out there.

        • Clete Torres

          “Clinton could have vetoed it as simply a demonstration against it, but really his approval was irrelevant at the time. Additionally, it was an election year and it was likely much easier to avoid any potential additional controversy. “

          My point. No backbone, purely political.

          “On the other hand, though, perhaps you could look at it from the perspective of “as president you represent the will of the people” and the overwhelming majority seemed to be in favor. So even if he was against it, it’s actually his job to do what the people demand.”

          Want to advise 0bama on that? America is overwhelmingly unhappy about 0bamacare, yet he rammed it through with help of his liberal cadre. Gun control – Americans don’t want it, yet he won’t rest until he has it. I could go on with more examples of his self-serving presidency and plans for our nation, but you get the idea.

          • kyleco

            Is the US “overwhelmingly” unhappy with Affordable Healthcare? Do they also not want to pursue gun safety/control/regulation? I feel like you’re confusing loud voices with majority voices…

          • Clete Torres

            No, you’re confusing MSM/liberal spin with fact.

    • Noah

      Hm. I guess it would have nothing to do with his wife running for President and he is cravenly seeking votes for her or nuffink like that….

  • Mike Faber

    I love how this site is alluding to the fact that Clinton pushed for or even wanted DOMA.

    Considering that Congress shoved it in his face during an election year (about 2 months before an election), Clinton signed it rather than have to risk losing a national election in the mid 90’s. So he played politics. Yes, Bill Clinton made a calculated political decision. Remember when Presidents held their nose and signed things into law when they pass Congress and are supported by most of America? Who knows what was in his heart when he signed DOMA? I guess it wasn’t a winning issue then. But it is now. The very fact the debate continues 17 years after DOMA tells me that the American people will always side on civil rights. Do you think Truman or Eisenhower would have passed the civil rights act? Think America was ready for that back then?

    But today, congress knows nothing of compromise. It’s either yes or no.

  • $23988033

    Obama doesn’t really support gay rights …
    1. Before election in 2008 2 of Obama’s close gay friends were shot execution style…guess it was just a coincidence but he never talked about it did he?
    2. Obama and Killiary let gay Amb. Stevens die a horrible death …he was sodomized by the peaceful Muslims
    3. US marriage rate is at an all time low thanks to marriage penalty and Zerocare taxes on marriage, so gays will have to pay up to Dems who are desperate for cash.
    4. Obama and Hilliary clearly believe in arming Muslim radicals all over the world and support them in the US even though they treat gays and women as second class citizens
    5. repeal of DOMA opens door to polygamy which is what Obama’s Muslims wanted
    6. Obama supports abortion for any reason including gendercide which means that we could end up aborting gay children if a test is developed
    7. By supporting mass numbers of abortion there are less children for gays to adopt
    8. Everyone knows about Reggie Love so why doesn’t Obama proudly come out instead of hiding it

    #1 reason Obama supports Gay Agenda is to go after the Catholic Church which MO once called , “the white man’s religion.”

  • $23988033

    Obama doesn’t really support gay rights …
    1. Before election in 2008 2 of Obama’s close gay friends were shot execution style…guess it was just a coincidence but he never talked about it did he?
    2. Obama and Killiary let gay Amb. Stevens die a horrible death …he was sodomized by the peaceful Muslims
    3. US marriage rate is at an all time low thanks to marriage penalty and Zerocare taxes on marriage, so gays will have to pay up to Dems who are desperate for cash.
    4. Obama and Hilliary clearly believe in arming Muslim radicals all over the world and support them in the US even though they treat gays and women as second class citizens
    5. repeal of DOMA opens door to polygamy which is what Obama’s Muslims wanted
    6. Obama supports abortion for any reason including gendercide which means that we could end up aborting gay children if a test is developed
    7. By supporting mass numbers of abortion there are less children for gays to adopt
    8. Everyone knows about Reggie Love so why doesn’t Obama proudly come out instead of hiding it

    #1 reason Obama supports Gay Agenda is to go after the Catholic Church which MO once called , “the white man’s religion.”

  • bicentennialguy

    An impeached former President and serial abuser of women….why does anyone care what he thinks?

  • salvagesalvage

    He signed it to appease the crazy right wingnut bigots who hate the gays.

    It’s weird that they’re calling him on it.

    • NCRelite

      So Obama was a crazy right wingnut bigot who hates the gays by your own measure

      • salvagesalvage

        Probably not but like Clinton he had to do a certain amount of crazy wingnut appeasing to get into power.

        But that’s just as bad.

    • Lisa Dean

      It was a mute point for him signing it. It had passed Congress with enough votes that he couldn’t veto it.

      • salvagesalvage

        Moot point, moot is the word.

        And that makes his signing it even worse!

        • Lisa Dean

          Now that’s something you and I can agree on. Thanks for pointing out my keyboard screw up. :-)

  • Jeremy

    Bill Clinton was for it before he was against it.He must have learned that from John Kerry.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esUTn6L0UDU

  • TocksNedlog

    Another first for Slick Willie!
    The first president to ever congratulate the Supreme Court for overturning a law he signed.

  • stratman51

    But…he was FOR DOMA before he was againt DOMA!
    In a rare moment in 1996, a little goodness crept out.

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Democrats: like dust in the wind.

    Vote GOP 2014

  • $30756787

    Always love the humor of watching Bill Clinton make anything he touches require a washing of hands afterward. Did not really follow DOMA or issues surrounding it until I heard the ruling. And not being a lawyer, maybe I got some of this wrong. But after hearing the why and wherefore’s, I took away these things: 1.) why corrupt the institution of marriage by opening it up to polygamy, child abuse, and possibly bestiality? 2.) many of the arguments gays made were valid issues on equity, taxes, etc. 3.) was there no other vehicle, or was this more radical approach the agenda-driven solution some wanted?

  • Bathing Suit Area

    It’s been over a decade. Does everyone here hold all of the exact same opinions now that they did in the 90s?

    • Wonder Pony

      You are correct. I now choose Diet Pepsi over Diet coke. Of course I was not elected to set the course for the United States of America’s future through signing a bill into law thereby causing a decade and a half of division in my home Nation. But then again, I just admitted that I changed my mind: The point of zinging Clinton is that he will never admit that what he did WAS against his beliefs at the time and purely for party expediency. I will admit that I didn’t leave Diet Coke…Diet Coke left me.

    • Noah

      ya mean, whether or not gay people have the same rights as everyone else?
      So, are you saying that Bill Clinton didn’t think all humans were created equal until just last week?

      • Bathing Suit Area

        I’m not claiming to know Bill Clinton’s innermost thoughts. In the 90s he signed a bill restricting the rights of gay people. Now he seems happy it’s overturned.

        He either wasn’t a huge fan of the bill at the time but went along with it for political reasons, or he changed his mind in the intervening years. I’m not sure why this is worth getting bent out of shape about.

  • neoface

    All these politicians evolved or pivot, the ugly word is flip-flop!!!! LOL!