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Bob Barr Will Tell Log Cabin Republicans About His Biggest Sin To Gay Americans: Writing DOMA

Bob Barr, who served in the House from 1995-2003 as a representative from Georgia, pushed to impeach President Bill Clinton, and attempted to live in the White House in 2008 as a Libertarian, is perhaps best known from writing the Defense Of Marriage Act, which Congress and Clinton passed into law in 1996. By 2009, however, Barr was publicly denouncing the law he authored, saying he had “come to agree with [Obama] that the law should be repealed.” Now Barr will be headlining the Log Cabin Republicans’ annual national dinner, taking place April 30 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

“I’ve wrestled with this issue for the last several years and come to the conclusion that DOMA is not working out as planned,” wrote Barr two years ago. “In testifying before Congress against a federal marriage amendment, and more recently while making my case to skeptical Libertarians as to why I was worthy of their support as their party’s presidential nominee, I have concluded that DOMA is neither meeting the principles of federalism it was supposed to, nor is its impact limited to federal law.”

And while Barr is a guest of LCR, that doesn’t mean its splinter group GOProud wouldn’t like him. While GOProud has officially has no stance on federal marriage rights, Barr at least is on board with “states’ rights”; he wants “to get the federal government out of the marriage business. In law and policy, such decisions should be left to the people themselves.”