“WASHINGTON — It has been 16 years since Kathryn Lehman was a Republican Hill staffer working on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
Now Lehman’s back on Capitol Hill, in a new capacity: as a lesbian GOP lobbyist trying to repeal the law she helped write.
Things were pretty different in Lehman’s world in 1996. She was engaged to a man. Same-sex marriage wasn’t legal anywhere. And the public perception of what it meant to be gay wasn’t anything like it is now, she says.”