|Senator Joe Donnelly|
As the kids say, "BOOM."
“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.”That was a statement just released by Senator Donnelly on Facebook.
I had spoken with then Representative Donnelly on the campaign trail. He told me that he "couldn't get there" to supporting marriage equality. That was in May of 2012. Clearly, he has evolved on the issue in a year. Thank you to Senator Donnelly for coming around on this issue, for examining his own personal convictions, and thank you for the hours of thought and reflection it likely took you to come to this point.
The drumbeat for marriage equality plays louder and louder.