Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) announced his new support of same-sex marriage on his Facebook page today. This is less than twenty-four hours after Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) announced her new support, too. Also, a new poll was released today by the CNN/ORC which showed that 53% of Americans support same-sex marriage and 57% of Americans have a family member or close friend who is gay or lesbian.Tomorrow the Supreme Court begins hearings on same-sex marriage.
From the Senator’s 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. I was proud to be the first Virginia governor to extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBT state workers. In 2010, I supported an end to the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, and earlier this month I signed an amicus brief urging the repeal of DOMA. I believe we should continue working to expand equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.