Though many Democratic Senators came out for marriage equality during the weeks around the Supreme Court oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, many House Democrats remain opposed or have indicated no position. ThinkProgress and Joe.My.God. have been working to narrow down this list by seeking clarification of these lawmakers’ positions, and this week another has declared his support for same-sex couples’ right to marry.
An email ThinkProgress received from a spokesman in Rep. David Scott’s (D-GA) office read simply the following:
Congressman Scott fully supports marriage equality.
According to Joe.My.God., Scott attended former Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-MA) wedding last summer and is considering signing on as a co-sponsor for the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals DOMA. This is a significant reversal for Scott, who twice voted in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
There are now only 21 House Democrats who oppose marriage equality or have not clarified their positions.
Apparently, Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) also came out for marriage equality:
After many discussions with my constituents, I have decided to support marriage equality. I recently traveled on the civil rights pilgrimage to Selma, Alabama with the Faith and Politics Institute. This trip reaffirmed my commitments to civil rights for all, including gay and lesbian Americans. I supported civil unions in the Oregon Legislature. I now believe that while religious institutions should retain the right to perform marriages as they please, the government should not deny the rights of same sex couples to receive marriage licenses.
This means there are only 20 House Democrats who have not announced support for same-sex marriage.