In 1996, these members of Congress stood up against discrimination (video)

Lawrence O’Donnell does a segment on the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), pushed by Republicans in Congress, and sadly embraced by President Clinton, in 1996.

John-Lewis

The Supreme Court is expected to come down with a ruling on DOMA, and Prop 8, possibly as early as 10am Eastern today.

These members of Congress were among those brave enough to stand up against anti-gay hate back in 1996:

Nancy Pelosi, Neil Abercrombie, John Lewis, Ted Kennedy, Jane Harman, Lynn Woolsey, Carolyn Maloney, Lynn Rivers, Chuck Robb, Barbara Boxer, Sam Farr, Bob Kerrey, Jerry Nadler, Gerry Studds, Ron Wyden, Steve Gunderson, Patsy Mink, Carol Moseley-Braun.

It’s also worth watching John Lewis’ entire speech, it’s only 1 minute and 24 seconds long, and well worth a watch. He quotes Martin Luther King.


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  • Tom F

    Callista Gingrich used to work for him, interestingly enough.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    No ruling today, apparently.

    Bastards.

  • corsair82

    I believe you mean he was the only Republican in Congress who voted AGAINST it. And you’re right. I hadn’t even heard of Rep. Gunderson until this clip.

  • corsair82

    That’s NOT Lewis’ entire speech. The clip is missing at least the parts where (in Lawrence’s mashup) he calls the bill “A slap in the face to the Declaration…” and pleads with Congress to remember that we are “One nation… one house.”

  • rerutled

    I think we should hold a special place for Rep. Steve Gunderson (R-WI). He is gay, he was the only Republican in Congress who voted for it, and he did so 2 years after being outed on the House floor by the vitriolic Rep. Bob Dornan (R-Ca).

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