San­ders draws dis­tinc­tions on DADT, DOMA

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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

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