Swing State Senators Mark Warner And Claire McCaskill Endorse Gay Marriage

sens-warner-mccaskillSens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) are the latest victims of evolution, having recently come around on the gay marriage debate.

On the eve of the Supreme Court’s hearing of California’s Prop 8, Warner posted on his Facebook page:

I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do. 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 is up for re-election in 2014 in Virginia, where voters banned gay marriage in 2006. However, a recent poll by The Washington Post showed 49% of Virginians in favor of marriage equality, compared to 40% opposed. Warner is also considered a  potential presidential candidate in 2016.

Missouri banned gay marriage in 2004, but on Sunday Sen. McCaskill announced her support via social media as well — with a posting on her Tumblr, directly following her recipe for her husband’s favorite Leftover Frittatas:


Mmm, tastes like freedom.