On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) responded to President Obama’s embrace of marriage equality by issuing a supportive statement in which he reiterated that his private opposition to same-sex marriage should not prevent people from marrying “whomever they want.” Now, Reid has gone a step further, telling reporters in Nevada that he would vote to legalize the freedom to marry in his home state:
Asked about the legalization of gay marriage at meeting with reporters Thursday, Reid said he believed those decisions should be made by states, based on the fact that domestic relations laws are set at the state level.
Asked then how he would vote if gay marriage was on the ballot in Nevada, Reid said, “I would follow my grandchildren and my children.”
“So you would support gay marriage?” he was asked.
He nodded yes as he walked away from the podium.
Reid is a Mormon who has previously said that he personally believes that marriage is a union between one mand and one woman.