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Sen. Donnelly reverses gay marriage stance

4/5/2013

 Reversing his previous stance, Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly says he now supports same-sex marriage rights.

The first-term senator joins a list of two Republicans and several Democrats who have announced their support for same-sex marriage in recent weeks. Donnelly made the announcement Friday on his Facebook page.

"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," he wrote.

His reversal on the issue comes as the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates whether to overturn federal and state laws that restrict same-sex couples’ rights.

In his Facebook post, Donnelly cited his vote to repeal the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" military policy and his support for legislation that bars workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

"I had the opportunity to act on a core belief of mine: we are a stronger country when we draw on the strengths of all Americans," he wrote. "It is also for that reason that 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.’"

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