Warner joins fellow senators supporting same-sex marriage
March 25th, 2013
05:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Warner joins fellow senators supporting same-sex marriage

(CNN) – A second Democratic senator came out in support of same-sex marriage Monday as high-profile politicians continue to make their views known ahead of this week's Supreme Court arguments.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, wrote on his Facebook page, "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."

Earlier in the day, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri similarly endorsed same-sex marriage, saying she had "come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love." Both Virginia and Missouri have large swaths of conservative voters.

In his statement, Warner noted that as governor, he passed laws protecting gay and lesbian state employees under anti-discrimination measures. He also supported ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

"I believe we should continue working to expand equal rights and opportunities for all Americans," he wrote.

Earlier this month, Sen. Rob Portman became the first Republican in the Senate to back same-sex marriage, explaining his decision was influenced by his son, who is gay.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday and Wednesday relating to the legality of same-sex marriage, which decisions expected in June.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. the future is looking so bright I need sun glasses

    I really do look forward to the America that the Democrats and their far left agenda will bring us. A country with no borders, where anybody can simply walk in and receive free government everything. A country where drugs are legal and abundant on every street corner in this great land for all the young to partake without fear of being busted.

    A country where men & women, men & men, women & women, men & 3 women, woman & 3 men, men & sheep, women & dogs can all be "married". A country where there are no "evil rich" people but many many poor people left wondering where all the riches disappeared to. A country with a "level playing field" of squalor where you need not try, just show up for your government food and be deemed a winner. A country that never has to balance it's budget because we will be able to print and borrow money forever.

    Yes, I truly do need some better sun glasses for such a bright future. Some so dark I cannot see the truth.

    March 25, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. freedom

    "The Portman effect", the "Obama charm offensive", now what will Warner be called? Everything has to have a name? Please, media, you dumb-down the issues this way. Please rise to the intellect of the average American. We're much smarter than you think.

    March 25, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Anthony

    Oh come on the future is looking so bright I need sun glasses, where have you been. Its just not that bad and sheep and man will never marry, comparing that to men and men and women and women is just fool hardy....and thats putting it nicely.

    March 25, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Pig in a Poke

    WOW the future is not so bright.......

    March 25, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Name lynn

    In a married a man an a women should get married, not two mens an two,womens get married Its a sin in the eye sight of god.

    March 25, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    Seek help. Since when do we equate humans with animals?? Also where can a sista go to partake some of that free stuff??

    March 25, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |