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Bill Clinton

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 The controversial policy was repealed in 2011.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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Bill Clinton warned that Hillary’s “discomfort” with gay issues would hurt her political ambitions

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Hillary Rodham Clinton
In 2000, he claimed that Hillary's New York Senate run could suffer because she had a "general discomfort" around gay rights issues. ...

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The seven minutes in 2000 when the Clinton White House considered endorsing marriage equality

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Bill Clinton
An aide quickly dismissed the proposal, part of a larger debate reported on for the first time by BuzzFeed News. It would be another 11 years before Bill Clinton endorsed marriage equality. ...

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Clinton keynotes HRC event: ‘Still barriers that need to be brought down’

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Bill Clinton speaks at the Human Rights Campaign national gala on Saturday, October 25, 2014, in Washington D.C.
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 ...

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Conchita Wurst steals show at ‘Life Ball’ charity event for AIDS research

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performs on stage during the opening ceremony of the Life Ball in front of City Hall in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 31, 2014.
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. ...

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Obama honors Bayard Rustin, Sally Ride with Medal of Freedom

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Astronaut Dr. Sally Ride (left) and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.
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. ...

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Clintons welcome Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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 ...

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Obama reaches out to Jason Collins, says he’s impressed by his courage

Monday, April 29, 2013
Kwaku Alston, Sports IllustratedJason Collins
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. ...

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White House, Bill Clinton, pro athletes hail Jason Collins on coming out

Monday, April 29, 2013
Jason Collins
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. ...

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GLAAD to honor Bill Clinton as ‘Advocate for Change’ on LGBT rights

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Bill Clinton
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. ...

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Clinton: I signed DOMA to ‘defuse a movement’ toward ban on gay marriage

Thursday, March 7, 2013
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. ...

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