Mark Warner: Marriage Equality ‘Is The Fair And Right Thing To Do’

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) has joined the cavalcade of lawmakers expressing their full support for same-sex marriage. He posted the following this afternoon on his Facebook page:

I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do. Like many Virginians and Americans, my views on gay marriage have evolved, and this is the inevitable extension of my efforts to promote equality and opportunity for everyone. I was proud to be the first Virginia governor to extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBT state workers. In 2010, I supported an end to the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, and earlier this month I signed an amicus brief urging the repeal of DOMA. I believe we should continue working to expand equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.

As recently as the beginning of this month, Warner was still “evolving” on the issue.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) also came out for marriage equality this weekend, as did Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) earlier this month.



According to BuzzFeed, Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Tim Johnson (D-SD) have also indicated today that they no longer support the Defense of Marriage Act.