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“I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do,” he wrote. “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.”
 
Warner joins a slew of politicians from both sides of the aisle who have come out in favor of same-sex marriage ahead of oral arguments at the Supreme Court this week in two cases about whether same-sex couples have the right to marry.


Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillFive takeaways from the Georgia special election Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Potential McCaskill challenger has .7M: report MORE (D-Mo.), who hails from a traditionally red state, announced her support earlier in the day, and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDems seeing big increase in midterm House candidates When it comes to Israel, Trump’s first 100 days were one big fail Democratic leaders hurt their own party by ousting pro-life voters MORE made her statement of support in a video last week.

On the GOP side, Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanTrump talks big on trade, but workers need action Trump tax plan prompts GOP fears about deficit Overnight Regulation: Senators call for 'cost-effective' regs | FCC chief unveils plans to roll back net neutrality MORE (R-Ohio), once viewed as a potential vice presidential candidate to Mitt Romney, publicly endorsed gay marriage this month after learning two years ago his son was gay. Last month, other prominent Republicans signed a legal brief arguing that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
 
In his statement, Warner touted his past efforts on behalf of gay rights.
 
“I was proud to be the first Virginia governor to extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBT state workers,” he said. “In 2010, I supported an end to the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, and earlier this month I signed an amicus brief urging the repeal of DOMA. I believe we should continue working to expand equal rights and opportunities for all Americans.”