Virginia senator announces support for same sex marriage

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, March 25, 2013 18:05 EDT
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Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia on Monday announced his support for same sex marriage in a post on Facebook.

“I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do,” he wrote. “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.”

Warner touted his long history of supporting LGBT rights, despite refusal to publicly endorse same sex marriage. Earlier this month, he called on the Supreme Court to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday regarding the constitutionality of the law, which defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Warner said he also was the first Virginia governor to ban employment discrimination based upon sexual orientation within state government, opposed a ban on same sex marriage in Virginia, and supported the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Other prominent politicians — Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton — have also recently announced their support for same sex marriage.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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