Yesterday, in completely self-serving opinion piece for the Washington Post, former President Bill Clinton made his case for the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) a law he signed and enacted during his Presidency. In a nutshell, the legally barred serial womanizing Clinton, believes DOMA is now discriminatory and deprives basic freedoms to a widely accepted sexual lifestyle deserving of over a thousand social benefits provide by the federal government. No big surprise, since moral transgression was always Bubba’s professional specialty.
In 1996, somewhere in between governing and having an extra-marital relationship with a 22-year-old intern, sitting President Bill Clinton signed DOMA into law. In his March 7, 2013 article, Clinton claims, at the time he signed it into law; he believed DOMA’s passage “would defuse a movement to enact a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage” which “is inconsistent with the principles of a nation that honors freedom, equality, and justice above all.”
Today, former President Clinton has “come to believe that DOMA”—specifically Section 3 which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman— “is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution.” This is the logic of a liberal two-term President married to the woman who, more than likely, will be the Democratic candidate for United States President in 2016.
Somehow, Clinton claims he—get ready now—heroically passed an unconstitutional law in 1996. He did this to keep the anti-gay movement from enacting an unconstitutional amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same sex marriage. Excuse me Bubba; there exists no right under federal law for any man to marry a man or a woman to marry a woman. No wonder, the courts will not let this clown practice law in the United States. To believe that Clinton is a champion of honor, freedom, equality and justice above all requires, and I borrow a quote from his wife, “the willing suspension of disbelief” a quote she stole from an 18th century poet named Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Former President Clinton bases his entire argument for overturning DOMA as unconstitutional on the premise that homosexual couples are not afforded federal benefits granted heterosexual couples. Federal benefits which can be argued have no basis in constitutional law and represent decades of unconstitutional government overreach seeking to control human behavior through the twisting of the government’s power to regulate intrastate commerce found in the fifth and fourteenth amendments to the U.S constitution. In other words, government benefits not specified or outlined in the constitution are illegal and in many cases discriminatory by nature.
Moreover, marriage is a basic right given to every man and woman equally, regardless of race, creed, religion, or sex. DOMA does nothing more than establish a definition of marriage as between a man and a women. It does not say that the State of New York cannot allow same sex marriage or civil unions and it does not sexually, racially, or religiously discriminate or infringe upon any constitutional or civil right currently on the books.
According to former President Clinton WP article, same sex couples are denied protections of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), are excluded from federal employee family health care coverage, an equal share of spousal pension plans and cannot file joint tax returns. The 1993 FMLA, an example of another Clinton first term legislative accomplishment, protects Americans fired by an employer if they take unpaid leave to care for a parent, spouse, child, or a family member that is struggling with illness. However, FMLA does not cover all Americans equally only men and women who work for private and public companies with more than 50 employees enjoy FMLA protections. Somehow, Bubba missed that. Similarly federal employee pension guidelines, health insurance policies, and the IRS tax codes treat everyone differently. Did Bubba ever hear of loopholes? Maybe America just needs a gay loophole to make Bubba happy.
Clinton’s cagey attempts to support overturning DOMA by using entitlement benefit denial and tax code inequality arguments is simply intellectually dishonest. The federal government can change its policies to accommodate same sex couples Social Security benefits, health insurance policies, and tax codes anytime they wish and it does not require a constitutional battle or amendment, just a tweak of an existing law. Funny how I do not remember Bubba running on his sympathy for the plight of homosexual couples back in 1996 the year he moved to the center and signed DOMA.
If you are wondering why former, President Clinton chose the Washington Post Op/Ed page instead of an Amicus Curie brief to articulate his legal position:
In 1999, The State bar of Arkansas had found that President Clinton had lied under oath, guilty of obstructing justice, and contempt of court, which where all grounds for relieving him of his license to practice law in their state. The next day, Bill Clinton surrendered his Arkansas law license, paid a $25,000 fine in a deal that prevented a permanent disbarment hearing and Clinton received a five years bar suspension. In 2001, the highest court in the United States, the Supreme Court barred Bill Clinton from practicing law in their court. Former President Clinton had 40 days to respond and dispute the Supreme Court’s decision. He never did. He claimed he was too busy moving Chelsea to Oxford. Remember, the purpose of disbarment is not punitive; rather it serves as a mechanism for preserving the integrity of the judicial process.
I could not think of a better person than Bill Clinton to represent the case for same sex marriage in America. A disbarred, disgraced, sexual deviant who could not manage to keep his fly zipped who has done more to embarrass the United States then any man, next to Barney Frank, I can remember. By the way, how is the old financial genius doing? Does anyone know? I heard he started a riot in Bangkok last week.