Bloomberg by the Numbers: 84

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Marriage equality supporters wave flags and signs as they rally in front of the Supreme Court before oral arguments in the United States v. Windsor case, which will test the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act on March 27, 2013.

That’s the percentage of members of Congress in 1996 who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act barring same-sex couples from claiming federal benefits available to other married couples.

President Bill Clinton signed the measure into law after 342 of 411 House members and 85 of 99 senators backed it.

Clinton and many legislators who backed DOMA 17 years ago have since reversed their positions amid increased public support for same-sex unions. The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday on the constitutionality of the law, the second case about same-sex marriage this week.


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