Bernie Sanders’ record on LGBTI issues coming under scrutiny

James Withers | Gay Star News | December 3, 2015

Vermont activists tell the New York Times, the presidential candidate was in the background when gay equality was debated in the 1980s and 1990s

In the battle for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reminds voters that unlike his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he stood against the Defense of Marriage Act and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

In a recent New York Times article, Vermont LGBTI activists offer a different perspective of the senator. They describe a politician who rarely took the reins when gay equality was being debated.

In 1981, when he became mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, the socialist was a dependable ally. In 1983, the mayor a proclamation naming 25 June Gay Pride Day.

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