US: Two further Democratic Senators come out for equal marriage
Two further Democratic Senators, both from conservative states, have announced their support for marriage equality in Facebook posts, leaving only four of their colleagues still opposed or unsure.
Joe Donnelly of Indiana posted on Facebook today: “With the recent Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion of same-sex marriage, I have been thinking about my past positions and votes. In doing so, I have concluded that the right thing to do is to support marriage equality for all.”
Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota said: “In speaking with North Dakotans from every corner of our great state, and much personal reflection, I have concluded the federal government should no longer discriminate against people who want to make lifelong, loving commitments to each other or interfere in personal, private, and intimate relationships. I view the ability of anyone to marry as a logical extension of this belief.
“The makeup of families is changing, but the importance of family is enduring,” she added.
Only four of the 53 Democratic Senators have yet to come out in support for marriage equality, compared to 43 out of 45 Republicans.
He followed Democratic Senators Mark Begich and Mark Warner, who both came out in support of same-sex marriagebefore the Supreme Court’s hearings on the subject, following the precedent set by Claire McCaskill. Senator McCaskill announced her support via a Tumblr post.
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