Thursday, March 28, 2013
With this week being marked by the U. S. Supreme Court hearing arguments on both California’s Proposition 8 and DOMA, I was intrigued to learn as recently as 2004, former president Bill Clinton urged Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry to support a ban on same-sex marriage.
According to democratic strategist Bob Shrum, Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, thus saving his scandal-ridden presidency, urged John Kerry to follow a similar path and throw the gay community under the bus and support a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004. Kerry was trying to dislodge George W. Bush from the White House.
Despite denials from Clinton, Shrum insists the story is true and stands by it.
I admire John Kerry for being a principled man. He was the only U.S. senator up for reelection in 1996 who voted against DOMA. He supported civil unions in 2004 and later, refused to advocate overturning the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision legalizing marriage equality.
John Kerry, unlike Bill Clinton, was and is, a man of unshakable character.
SOURCE: No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner, by Bob Shrum.