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Watch Sanders Stand Up to a Homophobic Congressman Who Insulted LGBT Members of the Military in 1995

Natasha Hakimi Zapata
Assistant Editor and Poetry Editor
Natasha Hakimi Zapata is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American Literature at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She also holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a…
Natasha Hakimi Zapata

The Vermont senator, a U.S. House member throughout most of the 1990s, was a strong defender of gay rights even as President Bill Clinton was about to sign the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The law, which Hillary Clinton supported, was strongly opposed by many in the LGBT community and was later nullified, in large part, by the U.S. Supreme Court.

It’s worth remembering this incident as Sanders comes under attack for suggesting that groups such as the Human Rights Campaign — darlings of the left — are part of the “establishment.”

As for the rude man in the video? According to Good Magazine:

[Rep. Randall “Duke”] Cunningham resigned from the House in November of 2005 after pleading guilty to accepting $2.4 million in bribes and underreporting his income for 2004. He also pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. He was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison and was forced to pay $1.8 million in restitution.

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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