Sen. Joe Donnelly reverses stance on gay marriage

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly has reversed his stance on gay marriage in a statement posted on his Facebook page Friday.

Previously, the Democratic senator has supported civil unions but not marriage equality. In his statement posted on Facebook, Donnelly said recent Supreme Court arguments and public discussion on marriage equality influenced his decision to examine the issue again.

Here’s the text of the statement posted on his 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.”