Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who personally opposes marriage equality, has responded to President Obama’s embrace of same-sex marriage by issuing an extremely supportive statement reiterating that his private beliefs should not prevent people from marrying “whomever they want”:
“My personal belief is that marriage is between a man and a woman. But in a civil society, I believe that people should be able to marry whomever they want, and it’s no business of mine if two men or two women want to get married. The idea that allowing two loving, committed people to marry would have any impact on my life, or on my family’s life, always struck me as absurd.
“In talking with my children and grandchildren, it has become clear to me they take marriage equality as a given. I have no doubt that their view will carry the future.
“I handled a fair amount of domestic relations work when I was a practicing lawyer, and it was all governed by state law. I believe that is the proper place for this issue to be decided as well.”