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Bass To GOP: Don't Be On 'Wrong Side Of History' With Same-Sex Marriage

As New Hampshire marked the fourth anniversary of legalizing same-sex marriage today, Former Republican Congressman Charlie Bass joined a group calling for national marriage equality.

As a congressman in 1996, Charlie Bass voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples.

But in late 2012, just before leaving office after losing his bid for re-election, he changed his position, supporting a bill to repeal the law.

And now, as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the constitutionality of DOMA, Bass says his party must work toward greater acceptance of same-sex marriage.

“I urge all Republicans not to be caught on the wrong side of history. I think Americans across party lines, across gender lines, across philosophical lines are realizing that it’s wrong to be against allowing a loving couple to be joined together for life.”

Bass took part in a conference call Monday with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who also supports national marriage equality.

The Supreme Court is also weighing the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a voter-passed referendum in California banning same-sex marriage.

Michael serves as NHPR's Program Director. Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor.

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