Democrats Who Voted for DOMA Change Tune on Gay Marriage

Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 01:18 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Democrats in the House and Senate have been quick to applaud the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act — even though they voted for it back in 1996.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the court's decision marked a "great, historic day for equality" and called DOMA "absurd." He voted for the act.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said "the Supreme Court did the right thing." He also voted for DOMA as member of the House.

Other Democrats who voted for DOMA yet cheered its demise include Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Ben Cardin of Maryland— who both voted for the act while in the House — Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Patty Murray of Washington, and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Politico reported, observing: "Their changes of heart were the latest example of how thoroughly the politics of same-sex marriage have turned around for Democrats since President Barack Obama announced his support for it in May 2012."



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