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Sens. Mark Begich and Jay Rockefeller Support Marriage Equality

Jim Burroway

March 26th, 2013

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After remaining mum on the subject when asked about it last week, Sen. Mark Begich’s (D) office issued a statement Monday night from the senator supporting marriage equality.

“I believe that same sex couples should be able to marry and should have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as any other married couple,” the Alaskan senator said in what appears to be his first direct statement on the subject.

“Government should keep out of individuals’ personal lives — if someone wants to marry someone they love, they should be able to. Alaskans are fed up with government intrusion into our private lives, our daily business, and in the way we manage our resources and economy,” he continued.

And West Virginia’s Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D) sent this statement to the Charleston Daily Mail:

“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.

“Churches and ministers should never have to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs but the government shouldn’t discriminate against people who want to marry just because of their gender.

“Younger people in West Virginia and even my own children have grown up in a much more equal society and they rightly push us to question old assumptions. To think deeply about what it means for all Americans to be created equal. This has been a process for me, but at this point I think it’s clear that DOMA is discriminatory.

“I’m against discrimination in all its forms and I think we can move forward in our progress toward true equality by repealing DOMA.”

Rockefeller and Begich join Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Mark Warner (D-VA) in the rush to be on the right side of history.