Senator Donnelly Announces Support Of Marriage Equality (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch

April 5, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 10:04 PM EDT

INDIANA (www.incnow.tv) -- Senator Joe Donnelly has announced on Facebook that he supports "marriage equality for all".

Friday morning 21Alive covered that Florida's democratic Senator, Bill Nelson, announced his support of gay marriage. At that time Senator Donnelly was one of six Democrats remaining in the senate that opposed gay marriage. With his announcement and the announcement from North Dakota's Senator Heidi Heitkamp, now only four senate Democrats remain in opposition.

Below is the post from Senator Donnelly's Facebook page:

“In recent years, our country has been involved in an important discussion on the issue of marriage equality. While serving in the House of Representatives, 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. 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. 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.’ 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.”

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