Rep. Steve Rothman Announces Gay Marriage Support, Stepdaughter Is Lesbian

06/28/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

REP. STEVE ROTHMAN, D-Fair Lawn, found his rainbow connection. This month, he joined the newly formed LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) Equality Caucus in the House, along with 51 other representatives. The goal of the caucus formed by openly gay Reps. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Barney Frank, D-Mass., is to raise awareness in Congress about gay and lesbian issues.

Rothman did that this week by announcing he now supports legalizing same-sex marriage. This change in position is not because Rothman had a Jim McGreevey moment; Rothman had a Dick Cheney one. One of Rothman's stepdaughters is lesbian.

As a former mayor of Englewood, Rothman performed many marriage ceremonies. In a phone interview Wednesday, he said the "issue of gay marriage has been on my mind" ever since those days. Yet despite his two biological children often telling him that "of course, gay people should be able to be married," he still would respond, "I'm not there yet."

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