HELENA, Mont. — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana who has previously opposed same-sex marriage, says he now supports marriage equality for gays and lesbian couples.
Tester released a brief statement on Facebook Tuesday, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
“Montanans believe in the right to make a good life for their families. How they define a family should be their business and their business alone.
“I’m proud to support marriage equality because no one should be able to tell a Montanan or any American who they can love and who they can marry.”
Tester was re-elected just last year.
He previously opposed gay marriage, pointing to the decision by Montana voters in 2004 to amend the Constitution to prevent same-sex marriages.
Other prominent politicians also have recently stated their support of gay marriage, including U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Rob Portman of Ohio and Mark Warner of Virginia.