Rachel Maddow and Howard Dean on Obama’s DOMA controversy

Rachel was joined by Howard Dean last night to discuss the burgeoning rupture between President Obama and gay community over the homophobic DOMA brief. Great segment. Rachel started by noting how the Obama administration invoked the incest cases. Calling the brief “a huge mistake,” Dean said, “You cannot talk about gay Americans the way that gay Americans were talked about in this brief.” But, they did. Maybe it’s time someone asked Howard Dean why he’s still co-hosting a $1,000 a head gay fundraiser next week for the DNC, along with co-hosts Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis, none of whom have said boo about this controversy in 5 days now.

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