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Can we forgive Bill Clinton for DOMA?

Bill Clinton’s op-ed in Friday’s Washington Post calling for the Defense of Marriage Act to be overturned is big news, but it’s hardly surprising. The former president, like a number of other leading political figures, has “evolved” on the issue in recent years, backing the push for gay marriage in New York in 2011 and pitching in to fight a North Carolina ballot initiative last year that amended the state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and woman.

Still, for gay marriage backers, there’s a neat and necessary symmetry to Clinton’s latest pronouncement: With the Obama administration lending its support to a push to convince the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA, it’s helpful to have the guy who signed the law in the first place on board too.

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