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  Leahy Fifth Senator To Flip On Gay Marriage
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Jul 14, 2009 08:08pm
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AuthorCarlos Santoscoy
News DateWednesday, July 15, 2009 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionVermont Senator Patrick Leahy is the fifth senator to publicly flip on the issue of gay marriage this year.

Leahy, a Democrat, is the current chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee and the fourth most senior U.S. senator.

In an interview with Vermont Public Radio Monday, Leahy reversed his position on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 federal gay marriage ban.

“Well, I think now that you have states that are voting for and having same-sex marriages – Vermont has, Massachusetts has, New Hampshire, others, Connecticut – the Defense of Marriage Act is unnecessary, should be repealed,” Leahy said.

Gay rights groups have always counted on Leahy as a strong ally, but like many other Democrats he did vote for DOMA.
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