Noting Personal Beliefs, Reid Says Marriage Should Be Left to States

Washington Post
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May 10, 2012

In a carefully worded statement, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid, Congress’ top Democrat, outlined a somewhat more nuanced position on marriage than President Obama — and the senator’s opinion may still be evolving.

Reid, who voted in 1996 for the Defense of Marriage Act — which defined marriage as between a woman and a man — but opposed a 2006 effort to amend the constitution to that effect, said in a statement that his “personal belief is that marriage is between a man and a woman” and that the issue should be left to the states.