Clear majority in Senate for marriage equality


Two more Democrat Senators have added themselves to an increasing list of lawmakers who are in favor of marriage equality. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota issued statements on Friday morning announcing that their opposition to marriage equality was no more.

This brings the total to 53 Senators supporting marriage equality, a majority by 6 as it stands, should a vote ever arise. Only four Democratic members of the chamber have yet to join the list. Support in the House remains in the minority, however.

“I oppose amending either Indiana’s or our nation’s constitution to enshrine in those documents an ‘us’ and a ‘them,’ instead of a ‘we,'” said Donnelly in his statement.

“With the recent Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion, I have been thinking about my past position and votes. In doing so, I have concluded that the right thing to do is support marriage equality for all,” he continued.  

Heitkamp released a statement on her website outlining her change of mind.

“In speaking with North Dakotans from every corner of our great state, and much personal reflection, I have concluded the federal government should no longer discriminate against people who want to make lifelong, loving commitments to each other or interfere in personal, private, and intimate relationships,” said Heitkamp.

“I view the ability of anyone to marry as a logical extension of this belief. The makeup of families is changing, but the importance of family is enduring,” she concluded.


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