Former President Bill Clinton called on the Supreme Court Thursday to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, he signed in 1996 that banned the recognition of same-sex marriage, the New York Times reported.
"As the president who signed the act into law, I have come to believe that DOMA is contrary to those principles and, in fact, incompatible with our Constitution," Clinton said.
DOMA should be overturned because the law itself is a form of discrimination toward same-sex couples, Clinton said, the Washington Post reported.
Clinton said he signed DOMA in 1996 to avoid worse same-sex couples had to face, Huffington Post reported.
Clinton joined with the Obama administration to urge the Supreme Court to overrun DOMA, the New York Times reported.