Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly
(Undated) – Democrat Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly is stating his support for gay marriage.
The first-term senator posted a message on his Facebook page Friday morning in which he reverses his past opposition to marriage equality.
“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.’ With the recent Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion of same-sex marriage, I have been thinking about my past positions and votes. In doing so, I have concluded that the right thing to do is to support marriage equality for all,” Donnelly said.
Donnelly, a moderate Democrat, was previously an opponent of gay marriage, although he supported civil unions.
“I voted to repeal ‘don't ask, don't tell’ and was an original supporter of the bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of their sexual orientation,” he said.
Last month, Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman became the first Republican in the Senate to state his support for gay marriage.