Rep. Hoyer voices strong support for same-sex marriage

Long considered “the lone gay marriage holdout among top Democratic congressional leaders,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) recently took his most forceful stance in favor of same-sex marriage. Hoyer, whose daughter is openly lesbian, did not offer his full support until President Barack Obama unequivocally stated same-sex couples should have the right to marry in May 2012. He claims his views on marriage evolved in a similar way to the president’s, and he played a large role in repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which banned gays from serving openly in the military. Today, Hoyer and his daughter, Stefany Hoyer Hemmer, are supporting Maryland’s referendum on same-sex marriage, known as Question 6.

— Greg Noth