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Advocates for Gay and Lesbian Rights Criticize Republican Attack on Same-Sex Marriage

In a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on legislation to allow states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, gay and lesbian rights activists said the measure was divisive and politically motivated. Along with other Democratic colleagues, Rep. Melvin Watt (D-NC) accused supporters of the bill, which would define marriage as the “legal union between one man and one woman,” guilty of “fanning the flames of intolerance and seeking to divide people against each other.” Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-Colo.) asked her colleagues supporting the bill what part of “all” in “liberty and justice for all” they did not understand.

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The Nando Net and the Boston Globe - May 15, 1996