Virginia Sen. Mark Warner announced his support for gay marriage on the eve of the Supreme Court's landmark hearings on the issue Tuesday.
“I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do,” Warner wrote on his Facebook page. “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.”
Even though Warner announced his position on Monday, he signed on to a legal brief supporting the reversal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) earlier this month, Politico reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday and Wednesday on the constitutionality of DOMA, which bars extending benefits to same-sex couples, and California’s Proposition 8, which outlaws gay marriage.
Warner, a Democrat in a key battleground state, faces reelection next year.
Earlier this month, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman announced his support of same-sex marriage, a reversal prompted by learning that his son was gay.
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