On Mar. 7, the Washington Post ran an op-ed written by the 42nd president explaining why he signed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act--a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman--and why he now supports repealing it.
As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and in fact, incompatible with our Constitution.
- Bill Clinton
Clinton said "it was a very different time" in the U.S. in 1996 when he signed DOMA—then, no state recognized same-sex marriage. Now, same-sex marriage is legal in 9 states and the District of Columbia.
Bill Clinton says anti-gay marriage law he signed should be overturned
In an interview with CNN on March 15, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) announced his support for gay marriage, 2 years after his 21-year-old son son told him he was gay. Portman said his son helped him have the change of heart and supported the announcement that revealed his sexual orientation.
CNN Exclusive: One conservative's dramatic reversal on gay marriage
I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and for all Americans.
- Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State
In a 6-minute video for the Human Rights Campaign, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton said America should set the standard for LGBT rights around the world.
In rulings on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), giving federal recognition to state-sanctioned same-sex marriages, and declined to take up California's Prop. 8, effectively reinstating same-sex marriages in the state.