Former Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Foley voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, but he applauded Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision that struck down the law’s denial of federal benefits to married gay couples.
“Obviously I think it’s a very, very good ruling by the court. It’s one of the votes I wrestled with at the time,” said Foley, who is gay but did not go public with his sexual orientation until he resigned from Congress in 2006 in an uproar over sexually charged Internet messages he sent to congressional pages.
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