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  •  I'm aware of the flip-flop (3+ / 0-)
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    CajunBoyLgb, skrekk, Chrislove

    I'm more willing to believe that he was running in liberal Hyde Park and said what he believed at the time, then backed off later for political expediency's sake.

    But you're supporting my point: Dems didn't support DOMA because they thought it would short-circuit a federal constitutional amendment; they supported DOMA because they didn't support marriage equality, period.

    •  There is a third option. (2+ / 0-)
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      Dems didn't support DOMA because they thought it would short-circuit a federal constitutional amendment; they supported DOMA because they didn't support marriage equality, period.
      I'd guess that some Dems supported it because they thought it would be politically costly to them if they didn't support it.  
    •  As Bill W notes below: (1+ / 0-)
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      CajunBoyLgb

      they opposed it for political reasons.  The public was overwhelmingly hostile to the idea at the time; the concern was that it would lead to further deep losses in 1996 on top of the disaster of 1994, and that the opposition to it could take the form of a constitutional amendment that would be impossible to undo.

      I'll grant that all three reasons were at issue -- but the last one was the most objectively important and is, I think, exculpatory.  It sure explains why the likes of Wellstone and Mikulski (often outed as a lesbian, but never confirmed as such) could oppose it.

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      by Seneca Doane on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 10:22:39 AM PST

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