President William Jefferson Clinton weighed into the debate on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in his recent appearance with President George W. Bush. It was, apparently, one of the few issues which the two men disagreed on. The other appeared to be on the issue of same-sex marriage. President Clinton stated that his views on the subject are evolving as he gets to know many dedicated same-sex couples who hare raising children of their own.
Bill Clinton’s remarks on DADT make him the highest ranking person in the country to weigh in on this subject. It was under Clinton’s leadership that the policy known as DADT was implemented. He did so as an attempt to repeal the old policy concerning homosexuality in the military. Prior to DADT, even the suspicion of someone being homosexual was enough to earn them a dishonorable discharge, and prior to that policy being implemented in 1943, anyone caught engaging in homosexual behavior earned a dishonorable discharge. That policy dated to the founding of the Continental Army.
Bill Clinton also signed the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA was written by Bob Barr, who then represented Georgia. DOMA prevents each state from recognizing any marriage equality laws passed by other states as well as preventing the Federal government from recognizing these marriages.
The views on DADT and same-sex marriage have evolved in the United States over the last decade. Most polls show strong support for the repeal of DADT, and increasing support for marriage equality has begun to show in the polls as well.