Just like John Kerry, Russ Feingold was one of only 14 senators to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act signed into law by President Clinton in 1996.  Unlike Senator Kerry, Russ Feingold represents a very purple state. Opposing this bill was a very courageous move on his part.  Russ Feingold has also been a strong critic of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gays in the military - not because the policy goes too far, but because it does not go far enough.  As is the case when being asked about his presidential ambitions, Russ Feingold has been noticeably evasive when asked about his specific position on gay marriage - until today.