William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III; August 19, 1946) is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Inaugurated at age 46, he was the third-youngest president. He took office at the end of the Cold War, and was the first president from the baby boomer generation. Before becoming president he was the Governor of Arkansas, serving two non-consecutive stints from 1979 to 1981 and from 1983 to 1992. He was also the state’s Attorney General from 1977 to 1979.
During his presidency, Clinton implemented “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, a policy prohibiting openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. armed forces. The controversial policy was repealed in 2011. In 1996, Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Section 3 of DOMA had codified the non-recognition of same-sex marriages for all federal purposes. More than ten years later, Section 3 of DOMA was found unconstitutional in eight federal courts, including the First and Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and on June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court declared Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional.
Despite “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and DOMA, Clinton, who was the first President to select openly gay persons for Administration positions, is generally credited as the first President to publicly champion gay rights. [ Wikipedia ]
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WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. president Bill Clinton on Saturday commended LGBT rights activists for a string a victories that have brought marriage equality to a majority of states, and encouraged the LGBT community to continue its push to break down additional barriers. "I’ve never seen a civil rights movement, at [...]
VIENNA — Party-goers dressed in little more than body paint rubbed shoulders with men in tuxedoes and cross-dressers in wild costumes on Saturday, transforming Vienna's City Hall into a fantasy land. But in the end, Conchita Wurst stole the show. The occasion, Europe's biggest charity event, was serious: raising money [...]
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday posthumously honored LGBT and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, and Dr. Sally Ride, the first known LGBT astronaut, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. [...]
WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton is welcoming the Supreme Court decision striking down a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, which he signed into law in 1996. In a joint statement with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former president said the court recognized that discrimination [...]
WASHINGTON -- A groundbreaking pronouncement from NBA veteran Jason Collins - "I'm gay" - reverberated Monday through Washington, generating accolades from lawmakers on Twitter and a supportive phone call from President Barack Obama. [...]
WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday joined the chorus of praise by commending NBA veteran Jason Collins for becoming the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out as gay. [...]
GLAAD, an LGBT media advocacy organization announced Wednesday it will honor former President Bill Clinton with its first ever "Advocate for Change" award at its 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles later this month. [...]
WASHINGTON -- Former President Bill Clinton is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a law he signed that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages. [...]
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A rousing speech from former President Bill Clinton that capped off Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention was well-received by attendees, although the day wasn’t free of controversy. [...]
Former President Bill Clinton on Friday called for a more effective use of resources in the fight against HIV/AIDS. “We need a new level of openness about how every last dollar is spent by countries, by governments, by NGOs,” he said during the International AIDS Conference’s closing session at the [...]