Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) said on Friday that her views of same sex marriage have changed along with the majority of the U.S. public’s. In an interview with CNN, the moderate Republican said that she no longer supports the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — the 1996 law that defined marriage in the U.S. as being between a man and a woman –and that she voted in favor of same sex marriage equality in Maine in November of 2012.
“I think obviously this has evolved over time on the whole issue for the whole country and the nations,” she said. “We’ve seen a sea change in society’s whole attitude on this particular issue and it’s only natural for government to be responsive to those changes.”
She told CNN that she no longer supports DOMA, which is currently before the Supreme Court.
“It’s up to the court now to make that decision, and depending on their decision I think ultimately other decisions will have to be made,” Snowe said.
“The time has come,” she continued. “I think what we’re seeing is, I think, changing societal conventions, that ultimately you see the transformation of society’s gradual thinking and evolving on issues. I think we’re seeing those sea changes on this particular question.”
Snowe did not seek re-election in 2012 after serving 3 terms in the U.S. Senate.