Rep. Robert Barr (R-Ga.), chief sponsor of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” aimed at preventing same-sex marriages does not provide a model for family values, according to lesbian and gay rights advocates. Barr, 48, has been married three times and, in 1988, was accused of failing to pay child support. In 1992, Barr was seen licking whipped cream off the chests of two women in bustiers at a benefit for the Leukemia Society which has not been held again since.
The bill, which would limit the legal definition of marriage to “a union between one man and one woman” and would allow states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, reportedly has close to 100 sponsors. Ralph Reed of the Christian Coalition said Wednesday (5-29) that his group would push Congress to send the bill to President Clinton by Labor Day. Clinton has announced he will sign the bill.