Is There a DOMA Backlash?

HRC president discusses the impact of Obama's decision

Joe Solmonese, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, went on the record recently to discuss the impact of President Obama’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“It’s important to remember what it is we’re responding to,” he told MSNBC. “The issue in this case is really whether or not couples in states where marriage equality is legal, like Massachusetts, ought to be afforded the same federal benefits that all married couples in Massachusetts should be afforded.”

When the president decided that discriminating against same-sex married couples was unconstitutional, and that his administration would not defend DOMA in court, Solmonese says it was a victory for marriage equality advocates. He also points to the lukewarm response the decision received among activists opposing gay rights, saying that more people are opening their minds to same-sex marriage rights around the country.

Watch the interview here: