Two More House Democrats Endorse Marriage Equality

Two Democratic Congressmen endorsed marriage equality Thursday. In statements on their Facebook pages, Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN) joined the vast majority of their Democratic colleagues and two House Republicans in supporting equal marriage for same-sex couples.

Kind wrote:

My 18-year marriage to Tawni has taught me that we’re both stronger because we love and support each other. I support marriage equality because if two people want to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for one another, then the government shouldn’t stand in the way. As the Supreme Court deliberates the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, I’m reminded that throughout history, discrimination has never worked. I have never voted for discrimination, and I look forward to supporting legislation like the Respect for Marriage Act that will help committed same-sex couples gain the same rights as everyone else.

Visclosky’s statement said:

I support marriage equality for all couples and believe that every single American should be able to marry the person they love. I believe that it is unfair that, under current law, same-sex couples are legally prohibited from taking advantage of the federal laws that provide financial and legal benefits to married couples. I believe that we can no longer allow the states to discriminate against same-sex marriages. Rather, I believe that the federal government should ensure that all consenting adults, no matter who they are or who they love, have the exact same marriage rights.

Less than two dozen House Democrats remain opposed to or undecided on marriage equality — along with 229 House Republicans. In recent weeks, more than a dozen U.S. Senators have come out for equal marriage.