U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has announced his support for same-sex marriage, the second prominent Democrat in the past 24 hours to announce a reversal of opinion of the issue.
Warner, who previously had not been supportive of same-sex marriage, hinted at an evolution on the subject when he became one of 40 U.S. Senators to sign on to an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
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.
Warner’s change of heart comes just one day before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage and the constitutionality of DOMA.