Dem Sen. Mark Warner now supports gay marriage

He follows another Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill, who also recently announced her support

By Jillian Rayfield

Published March 25, 2013 9:20PM (EDT)

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) (John Rohrbach)
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) (John Rohrbach)

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., announced on his Facebook page that after some "evolving," he now officially supports gay marriage.

"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."

Chris Geidner from BuzzFeed points out that though Warner signed on to a March 1 brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down DOMA, his office would not explicitly express support for same-sex marriage at the time.

On Sunday, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., also expressed her support for gay marriage on her Tumblr page:

My views on this subject have changed over time, but as many of my gay and lesbian friends, colleagues and staff embrace long term committed relationships, I find myself unable to look them in the eye without honestly confronting this uncomfortable inequality. Supporting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is simply the right thing to do for our country, a country founded on the principals of liberty and equality.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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