Joe Donnely (D-Ind.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) are the latest Democratic Senators to support same-sex marriage.
The domino effect of Democrat senators supporting gay marriage continued, as two more red-state Democratic senators, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota both announced that they now approve of full marriage equality. Both senators are new to the office, riding the Democrat wave of 2012, and both cited traditional values in evolving to a more progressive stance. Heitkamp cited the importance of families and the old conversations with people around the state thing:
"In speaking with North Dakotans from every corner of our great state, and much personal reflection, I have concluded the federal government should no longer discriminate against people who want to make lifelong, loving commitments to each other or interfere in personal, private, and intimate relationships. I view the ability of anyone to marry as a logical extension of this belief. The makeup of families is changing, but the importance of family is enduring."
"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."
And watch out, because marijuana legalization is next!