Sanders draws distinctions on DADT, DOMA
The first thing a Bernie Sanders supporter will tell you if asked to compare the senator’s LGBT rights record to Secretary Clinton’s is that Sanders voted against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) in 1993 and against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996 as a congressman, while President Bill Clinton signed both into law with his wife’s public support at the time.
Clinton claimed in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last October that her husband signing DOMA into law was a “defensive action” meant to prevent passage of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Sanders claimed Clinton was “trying to rewrite history” on the matter, and her claim drew criticism from longtime LGBT and political activists like Michelangelo Signorile and David Mixner. Even Hilary Rosen, a lesbian longtime political activist and Clinton supporter, voiced her displeasure at the claim, tweeting, “@BernieSanders