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U.S. Senator Mark Warner reverses position, now supports gay marriage

'My views on gay marriage have evolved, and this is the inevitable extension of my efforts to promote equality and opportunity for everyone'
Monday, March 25, 2013

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has announced his support for same-sex marriage, the second prominent Democrat in the past 24 hours to announce a reversal of opinion of the issue.

Warner, who previously had not been supportive of same-sex marriage, hinted at an evolution on the subject when he became one of 40 U.S. Senators to sign on to an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Warner made the announcement in a Facebook post Monday afternoon:

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.

Warner’s change of heart comes just one day before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage and the constitutionality of DOMA.

On Sunday evening, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a moderate Democrat from Missouri, who previously refused to take a public opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage, also announced that she supports marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

Warner, who is up for reelection in 2014, has been mentioned as a potential presidential contender in 2016.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. Hell yeah! Making progress.

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:06pm
  2. This is turning into a landslide! Money changes everything.

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:06pm
  3. OH!! m WHY?
    Because he’s Gay???

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:07pm
  4. Probably thinking about running for pres.

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:08pm
  5. They are jst going with the trend to stay in office but that’s fine as long as equality comes with it

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:08pm
  6. its about time they all realize they are on the losing side and come to the right side.. good on him wether its a political move or sincere thank you senator Warner.

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:09pm
  7. Good for him for doing what he should have been doing all along, supporting equality for all American citizens. Gold star for you Senator.

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:10pm
  8. Awesome! Keep the support coming :D!

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:11pm
  9. Come around and join our fight!

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:12pm
  10. I still deeply dislike him, and he’s a horrible flip-flopper, but, kudo’s to Marky for gathering the balls to do right on this issue!!!!

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:14pm
  11. Wait is it because he has a gay son or a lesbian daughter??? Lol

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:14pm
  12. A lot of ‘em are “changing their minds” on what they support as a trend, just to get support…or b/c their family members are coming out. Its crazy. The way I see it, you should be supporting it anyway b/c you wouldnt like it if someone was dictating whats “unconstitutional” to you about YOUR relationship.

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:16pm
  13. They want to be on thev right side of history. Or should I say the left side?

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:19pm
  14. The sad thing is that most of these people privately have long supported it but to stay in office in their districts had to set on the issue…Now that public perception has changed and the majority of the country supports gay marriage many of the closet supporters can now come out in the light…

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:25pm
  15. …. AND came out the closet!! lmfao

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:25pm
  16. So he was anti-gay curios?

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:35pm
  17. Anything for a vote? Do they really care about we, LGBTs, simply another wind bag? Will he reverse his opinion again? Will he say one thing in public, but vote another way?

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:42pm
  18. I’m not familiar with Warner. What was he known for before?

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:45pm
  19. And the walls start to crumble.

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:53pm
  20. they finally figured out we vote.

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 3:00pm
  21. @abbie I think you’re right

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 3:57pm
  22. One down and so many more to go. I am both happy and thankful that Senator Warner is taking the time to get informed and voting in good conscience. How about you?

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:07pm