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06/02/2008

Why'd Barr raise his bar on gay-barring measure?

by Jeremy Hooper

 2007 10 Bob BarrLast week, former Republican Congressman and current Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr shocked many gay activists when he, the onetime author of so-called the Defense of Marriage Act, promised that he'd fight to repeal DOMA if elected to the White House. But what were his true motivations for coming out against the offensive measure that he'd once championed? Was there more to it than just years of reasoned reconsideration?

Well, author, talk show host, and all-around good guy Michelangelo Signorile -- who had welcomed Barr on his Sirius radio program and discussed DOMA with the candidate just two days before he came out against it -- has learned that there might've been more to Barr's reversal than just a crisis of a consciousness-raised conscience. Go read, listen to, and watch Signorile's thoughtful post on the subject:

Bob Barr's Curious Flip-Flop [Signorile]

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