Billl Clinton Urged John Kerry to Support a Ban on Gay Marriage

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.

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19 Responses to Billl Clinton Urged John Kerry to Support a Ban on Gay Marriage

  1. Brigadoon says:

    Bill Clinton is a political animal. He would happily and enthusiastically throw his daughter under the bus if he thought it would benefit his career. This is where the rubber meets the road. People who knew Clinton way back in his days as governor of Arkansas said he is a man without principles.

  2. feminazi says:

    Bill Clinton also urged John Kerry to race home to make sure a young, mentally retarded black man was put to death. Nothing says successful Democratic Clinton strategy like putting a retarded black men to death.

  3. Unconditional1 says:

    Great sleuthing Chris! It “takes some brass to accuse others of what you yourself are guilty of doing.” Bill Clinton at the swearing in ceremony for B O’Bammer about one of the GOP hacks. Once a political hack…always a political hack.

  4. Scott Dancer says:

    I will never forgive Clinton for signing DOMA into law. NEVER.

    For years, his defenders said 1996 was “a different time” and he “had no choice.” The excuses rained down on earth. So now we learn 8 years later, Clinton urged John Kerry to engage in the same scorched earth tactics and throw the gay community under the bus?

    Bill Clinton can go to hell. And his wife too.

  5. Peace Nick says:

    A president is supposed to lead.

    Barack Obama, Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt to name a few. Bill Clinton is opposite of these men. He’s a political coward.

  6. dragonpuff says:

    Yep, thats Slick Willie.
    My senator–Sherrod Brown voted against it then–which was great as Ohio was ground zero for anti-gay legislation during that time. State is still full of the scary, religious, homophobic rightwing

  7. Debbie Banuelos says:

    I’ve always liked John Kerry. He’s a much better man than sleazy Bill Clinton could ever hope to be.

  8. Rachel says:

    I remember 2004 all too well. The fact that the Clintonistas defend his signing DOMA and cite his pro same-sex statements in 2013 as proof of his evolution on the topic, ignore the fact that Bill Clinton has no principles. He’s a purely political creature. If public opinion shifted back to the days when a majority opposed marriage equality, Bill Clinton would be right there with them.

  9. Harry says:

    How did I not know this? Thanks for posting and keeping us up on recent political history.

  10. ChiTOM says:

    I agree with Scott Dancer. Clinton is the ultimate political panderer. I cannot forgive or forget his signing the Defense of Marriage Act. I know, liberals swoon over the fact 23 million new jobs were created while he was president but, DOMA was a deal breaker for his legacy. It made me not trust him and if you can’t trust your president, then there is a problem.

  11. Pechanga says:

    The worship the gay community has for the Clintons is something I don’t pretend to understand.

    I admit to being much more fond of Hillary than Bill. However, why she didn’t divorce him after the Lewinsky scandal is a mystery and suggests they are codependent, political animals.

  12. Jim says:

    Clinton can be a real asshole. Too bad he wanted to shove gay people into the oven. That will come back to haunt him. If opinions changed again tomorrow, he’d change his tune yet again. A true politician.

  13. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    Clinton signed both ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and the Defense of Marriage Act. Nuff said.

  14. Randy Arroyo says:

    I’m confused? Isn’t Streisand besties with Bill Clinton? She’s raised $$$ for his campaign and even attended the inaugural. Streisand’s son, Jason Gould, is gay. How does Streisand reconcile Clinton’s two faces on gay rights when her son happens to be gay?

  15. Adirondacky says:

    Good point, Randy.

  16. Estacada says:

    Bill Clinton’s motivation for signing DADT and DOMA and telling John Kerry to support a ban on same sex marriage?

    Winning at all costs.

  17. Tiny Dancer says:

    If Hillary runs and wins in 2016 — as many expect, Bill will be back in the Oval Office, advising his wise on policy. This may be a good thing or a bad thing. I certainly hope the gay rights issue is now decided and pair govern as our advocates.

  18. Tiny Dancer says:

    Oops. “..his wise on policy” S/B his wife on policy.

  19. retahyajyajav says:

    The bottom line is Bill Clinton signed both DADT and DOMA knowing full well it was discriminatory and probably unconstitutional. But none of this mattered because he had his eye on survival and reelection. I have to use or respect for this man.

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