Sen. Feingold Publicly Endorses Gay Marriage

2008 Presidential hopeful Russ Feingold issued a statement today in favor of equal marriage rights for gay couples:

…Gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry and have access to the same rights, privileges and benefits that straight couples currently enjoy…Denying people this basic American right is the kind of discrimination that has no place in our laws.”

We love a man who speaks his mind, don’t you?

Feingold, a US Senator from Wisconsin, has already spoken at various gay political functions, endorsing gay rights in the hopes of gaining support for his 2008 bid. These votes could prove to be important, in light of Hillary Clinton‘s slight back-pedaling on the issue of gay marriage, saying she doesn’t believe gay marriages should be legalized and endorses civil unions instead. Obviously Clinton is still a huge supporter of gay rights; but to hard-core gay marriage activists, the “civil union” stance is not enough, and Feingold’s stance could be enough to sway some votes.

We’ve done a little snooping on Feingold: he was the only senator to vote against the Patriot Act, and agree or disagree, that took guts. He’s also calling for a censure of President Bush for illegally wire-tapping American citizens, an effort which is currently floating around Capitol Hill. We think this Feingold guy is a badass. Granted, Hillary has about $20 million already stockpiled for her run, but Feingold should make things interesting nonetheless.

Russ Feingold Endorses Full Gay Marriage Equality [RussForPresident]
Feingold Pushes For Censure Of President Bush [JSOnline]