And likely our next president once said
At that time the only one really out there on the issue was Dick Cheney.
Some interesting points of president Clinton (Americas "first Black president") at time of signing DOMA:
1) Republicans controlled the house and senate (like todays 2015 term)
2) Clinton Veto power was dismantled, (his hands were tied)
3) Defuse momentum for a proposed Federal Amendment (from HW Bush "compromise")
4) No traditional law signing ceremony, No photo op taken (he was embarrassed that he was forced to sign this law) The bill moved through Congress on a legislative fast track and met with overwhelming approval in both houses of the Republican-controlled Congress
, passing by a vote of 85–14 in the Senate and a vote of 342–67 in the House. The sole independent in the House, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, voted against the bill. Democratic Senators voted for the bill 32 to 14 (with Pryor of Arkansas absent), and Democratic Representatives voted for it 118 to 65, with 15 not participating. All Republicans in both houses voted for the bill with the sole exception of the one openly gay Republican congressman, Rep. Steve Gunderson of Wisconsin
Though his official political position was against same-sex marriage, Clinton criticized DOMA as "unnecessary and divisive", while his press-secretary called it "gay baiting, plain and simple". However, after Congress had passed the bill with enough votes to override a presidential veto
, Clinton signed DOMA. He claims that he did so reluctantly in view of the veto-proof majority, both to avoid associating himself politically with the then-unpopular cause of same-sex marriage, and to defuse momentum for a proposed Federal Amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same-sex marriage
. Clinton, who was traveling when Congress acted, signed it into law promptly upon returning to Washington, D.C., on September 21, 1996; he refused to hold a signing ceremony for DOMA and did not allow photographs to be taken of him signing it into law.
 The White House released a statement in which Clinton said "that the enactment of this legislation should not, despite the fierce and at times divisive rhetoric surrounding it, be understood to provide an excuse for discrimination, violence or intimidation against any person on the basis of sexual orientation
Clinton did not mention DOMA in his 2004 autobiography
(he is still embarrassed by the whole thing)
In 2013, Mike McCurry, the White House press secretary at the time, recalled that "[Clinton's] posture was quite frankly driven by the political realities of an election year in 1996." James Hormel, who was appointed by Clinton as the first openly gay U.S. Ambassador, described the reaction from the gay community to Clinton signing DOMA as shock and anger. On Hormel's account, Clinton had been the first President to advocate gay rights, push for AIDS funding, support gay and lesbian civil rights legislation, and appoint open LGBT people to his Administration. Thus his signing of DOMA was viewed by much of the community as a great betrayal
. (because he was forced to by evil republicans)