Jen, Leo, and Charlize will present at the event. Our former president will receive GLAAD’s first Advocate for Change Award for his evolved support of the LGBT community. Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act back in ’96. DOMA forbids the national recognition of same-sex marriages, and denies married gay and lesbian couples of federal benefits. There are 1,138 health, financial, immigration, and other benefits given to married straight couples that married gay couples don’t get! But as times have changed, so has Bill’s opinion. Today, he believes DOMA is unfair and “incompatible with our Constitution,” and urged the Supreme Court to agree.
“President Clinton’s support of the LGBT community and recognition that DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional and should be struck down shows that the political landscape continues to change in favor of LGBT equality,” says GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz. “Leaders and allies like President Clinton are critical to moving our march for equality forward.”
If the man who signed the Defense of Marriage Act can have a change of heart, here’s to hoping the Supreme Court will as well! The Court’s decisions are currently pending on cases involving DOMA and California’s ban on gay marriage, Prop 8.
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