“After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation,” Johnson said in a statement.
“This position doesn’t require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom.”
Johnson in 2005 and 2006 had said he didn’t support gay marriage, but did not believe a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was needed.
Johnson’s announcement comes days after two of his colleagues offered their support to same-sex marriage. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democratic senator from North Dakota, and Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democratic senator from Indiana, say they support same-sex marriage.
Last week, Landrieu said she personally supports marriage equality for gay couples, but that she would not take a public position in support same-sex marriage because of opposition among her constituents. Pryor, in an interview with KFSM-TV, said he was “undecided.”