The Petty Queer Establishment’s blind embrace of the Clintons is sort of like the NAACP coalescing behind George Wallace. After all, it was Clinton who signed the Defense of Marriage Act banning federal rights like Social Security and immigration for same-sex couples.
He signed it simply to deprive Bob Dole of a campaign issue, and did so at midnight while denouncing it as gay-bashing. Days later, his re-election campaign advertised on Christian radio that he had signed it.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is also a byproduct of the Clinton years, and while it’s admirable that he was willing to make the case, it’s undeniable his compromise made matters worse. And it wasn’t necessary, as executive order powers applied. If the president wanted gays in the military, all he had to do was sign.
I was one of the 12 first-ever openly gay White House staff members to take up work the day following President Clinton’s inauguration. His respect for gay Americans was evident even when setbacks and disappointments slowed the change agenda, and he certainly did not deliberately nor unnecessarily scheme to sell out gay Americans on his first day in office to score points with opponents. Ordinary gay Americans will need to hold this new Administration to the tenets of its campaign and to the idealism of its Inaugural language — and to a fundamental expectation for respect. The Warren invitation remains a disgrace and a blemish on day one of the new Administration. *Shame on Obama.
I guess Clinton accidentally signed DOMA, then inadvertently bragged about it.
*Beware anyone who starts a sentence, “Shame on …” And expect more such PQE propaganda in the days and months ahead.