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View Diary: Sanford opines about gay marriage, while adultery still illegal in South Carolina (19 comments)

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  •  Pure hypocrisy (3+ / 0-)

    DOMA was passed because Hawaii had allowed civil unions. It was passed to prevent states from ever recognizing any kind of gay marriage.

    •  Technicality (2+ / 0-)
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      Clytemnestra, SilentBrook

      DOMA was passed because Hawai'i's Supreme Court had determined that withholding the right to marriage from same-sex couples was a violation of the state's constitution. Neither Hawai'i nor any other state had civil unions or domestic partnerships when DOMA was signed into law. Vermont was the first state to go there, in 2000. Hawai'i's civil unions law was passed only in the last couple of years.

      San Francisco and West Hollywood implemented domestic partnership laws in the 1980's and early 1990's but those laws were strictly local and of very limited effect (I know that because I was in one).

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