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Where was Richards then?

Dear Editor:So would-be Mayor Rachel “DNC talking points” Richards would like the Aspen City Council to approve a resolution opposing a constitutional amendment denying same-sex marriage (Aspen Times, July 13). As a state’s right advocate I might agree with her, except where was she in 1996? It was in ’96, right before the presidential election, when Bill Clinton and a Republican Congress found a rare patch of political common ground and enacted the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).Not only does DOMA provide that one state does not have to recognize a same-sex marriage in another state, it also defines marriage as “the legal union between a man and a woman as husband and wife” only. Today, Ms. Richards feels that the current effort by the Senate to pass a constitutional amendment would “advance discrimination,” but DOMA did virtually the same thing in 1996.She was on the Aspen City Council when a Democratic president signed DOMA, with large bipartisan support (85-14 in the Senate), which defines marriage and allows states like Colorado to ignore a same-sex marriage from a state like Hawaii. Where was the anti-DOMA resolution? Was Ms. Richards reluctant to pass a resolution opposing President Clinton’s view? Or was this position simply not outlined for her by the higher-ups at the Democratic National Committee?Tony HersheyAspen

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