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.


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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