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West Virginia Senators split on DOMA repeal

Monday, March 25, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller says he now opposes a federal law barring same-sex marriage. But his fellow Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin, still supports the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act.

Sens. Joe Manchin (left) and Jay Rockefeller

The two West Virginia senators offered differing views Monday, ahead of U.S. Supreme Court hearings in gay marriage-related cases.

Rockefeller said churches and ministers should never have to perform marriages that violate their beliefs. But he also said the government shouldn’t discriminate against same-sex couples.

Manchin said his faith has guided his belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.

Rockefeller said younger West Virginians and his own children have pushed his generation to revisit its views on this issue. He said this challenging of his beliefs has led him to conclude that the federal law is wrong.

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10 more reader comments:

  1. Well, at least one of them came to their senses. Now, we just have to work on the other one. :)

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:33pm
  2. Manchin needs to get it right

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:35pm
  3. Manchin said his faith guided him… In the USA there is supposed to be separation of church and state. Stop forcing your religious beliefs on me.

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:38pm
  4. So, does Senator Rockefeller support marriage equality now? Or does he just not support DOMA?

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:41pm
  5. Well, one saw the light!

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:44pm
  6. I feel like the Democratic Farmer Laborer Party of MN is very unlike the Democratic Party of WV

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:54pm
  7. I saw the sign, it opened up my eyes…. I saw the sign!

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 8:03pm
  8. I’m getting really tired of one’s religious beliefs trumping another’s civil rights in this country.

    Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 9:02pm
  9. Not even married yet and they’re already split. Its WV for crying out loud. Somebody send them a banjo already.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 3:32am
  10. Manchin is and has always been a Republican masquerading as a Dem -I figured that out 25 years ago

    Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 4:30am