Democratic Senator Tim Johnson comes out supporting marriage equality


Democratic Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota is the latest senator to support marriage equality. 

“After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation,” he said in a statement that was posted on the Senator’s website

“This position doesn’t require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom.”

Johnson was one of the four US Democratic Senators remaining who opposed marriage equality.

The last three Democratic Senators who are opposed include Joe Manchin (WV), Mary Landrieu (LA), and Mark Pryor (AR).

Pryor said last Friday, “put me down in the undecided category,” when it comes to marriage equality. 

Landrieu said that she personally supports marriage equality, but “my state has a very strong constitutional amendment not only against gay marriage but against gay partnerships,” she said. “So I’m looking at the people of Louisiana trying to represent their interests.”

Now, 53 senators support marriage equality. Many of those Senators have come out in the last few weeks, including two GOP Senators – Rob Portman and Mark Kirk. 

Portman announced his support last month while also revealing that his son is gay. 

Kirk announced last week that after returning to the Senate after a massive stroke, “I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others,” he said. “Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage.”


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