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Mink Wins Despite Marriage Vote Flap

Mon., Sept. 23, 1996

U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink survived an attack on her stand on same-sex marriage to win nomination Saturday for re-election in the Democratic primary, joining fellow incumbent Neil Abercrombie on the general election ballot.

Mink said she voted against the federal Defense of Marriage Act because she believed it was unconstitutional. But last week, she ran ads in Honolulu’s two daily newspapers saying she was opposed to same-sex marriage.

Unofficially, Mink won 64,371 votes, or 60 percent, to state Sen. Robert Bunda’s 33,886.

The Republican nominee to face Mink is Honolulu attorney Tom Pico Jr.

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