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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.