WATCH: Your Duly Elected Representatives Standing Up For Their Principles Before It Was Cool

Way back in 1996, an alarming number of Democrats and Republicans (including then-President Bill Clinton) banded together to pass the Defense of Marriage Act. I know it's easy to get cynical about politics, and I'm certainly guilty of it, but here are some of the folks who spoke out for their principles and against discrimination when it was politically risky to do so. On this issue at least, they've earned our respect.

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"The issue on the table..."

Two of Hamilton's most beloved numbers are the Cabinet Battles between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. In Cabinet Battle #1, the issue on the table was Hamilton's national financial plan. In Cabinet Battle #2, the issue was whether to provide France assistance in their revolutionary war.

But there was a third rap battle written for the show, which was cut due to time and because it didn't actually move the plot along. The issue on the table for Cabinet Battle #3? Slavery.

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