Sanders Cites Early Support for Gay Rights

DES MOINES, Iowa – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Sunday that he is proud of the progress made in the United States on gay rights since Congress, over his opposition, passed a law in 1996 that discriminated against married same-sex couples. “That legislation was anti-gay legislation. It was playing off fears of a lot of Americans,” Sanders said during an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The so-called Defense of Marriage Act denied federal benefits to gay married couples and let states refuse to recognize marriages in states where same-sex couples could legally wed. “I …

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