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Bucking the trend: The House Democrats who oppose gay marriage
|Last Edited||Jason Mar 31, 2013 05:53pm|
|News Date||Mar 31, 2013 05:00pm|
|Description||Eleven House Democrats are on record as opposing gay marriage, even as support within their party for the issue builds. |
Another nine haven't taken definitive positions in support of or against gay marriage.
President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a number of Democratic senators have flipped on the issue, and a majority of voters support gay marriage according to polls.
But the issue remains politically thorny, and even in the relatively liberal House Democratic conference there are pockets of opposition to same-sex marriage.
Nine Democrats who voted in 2011 to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act that denies federal benefits to gay couples haven't publicly changed their positions: Reps. John Barrow (Ga.), Sanford Bishop (Ga.), Henry Cuellar (Texas), Gene Green (Texas), Dan Lipinski (Ill.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Nick Rahall (W.Va.).