Bill Clinton Takes on College Student Over Gay Marriage Law


Bill Clinton sat down for an interview with the editorial board of mtvU (“the largest and most comprehensive media network just for college students,” according to the web site) and told a student journalist from Smith College that Melissa Etheridge’s characterization of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was “a slight rewriting of history.” (Etheridge once said that Clinton threw the gay community “under a bus”).

After defending the origin of the legislation he says, ‘Hillary’s position is that she doesn’t support it and if we have the votes to repeal it she would be happy to repeal it. But let me ask you this, do you believe there would be more or fewer efforts to constituently ban gay marriage around the country, if a Massachusetts marriage has to be sanctified in Utah? Yes or no? Answer the question.”

More clips from the interview here.