2 More Dem Senators Back Gay Marriage

Warner, Rockefeller switch leaves only 11 in opposition

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 26, 2013 1:35 AM CDT | Updated Mar 26, 2013 5:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – Democrats' support for gay marriage appears to be gaining momentum ahead of two key Supreme Court cases this week. Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia have joined Missouri's Claire McCaskill in endorsing gay marriage, leaving just 11 Democrat senators still opposed, Time reports. "Like so many of my generation, my views on allowing gay couples to marry have been challenged in recent years by a new, more open generation," Rockefeller tells ABC.

"I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do," Warner wrote on his Facebook page. "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." Out of the 11 Democrat senators who haven't endorsed gay marriage, three—Tim Johnson, Joe Manchin, and Mark Pryor, all in conservative states—bluntly restated their opposition, three declined to comment, and five signaled that they have a more moderate stance, Time finds.

\Mark Warner delivers the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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This has been a process for me, but at this point I think it’s clear that DOMA is discriminatory. - Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)

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