In an interview with CNN on Friday, Snowe said she no longer supports the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Snowe also said she supports a law passed by her state's legislature that legalizes same-sex marriage, according to CNN.
Snowe's shift follows announcements by a number of senators that they now support same-sex marriage. Snowe said there has been a "sea change in society's whole attitude" on same-sex marriage and that government should be "responsive to those changes."
"The time has come," Snowe told CNN. "I think what we're seeing is, I think, changing societal conventions, that ultimately you see the transformation of society's gradual thinking and evolving on issues. I think we're seeing those sea changes on this particular question."
Earlier on Friday, Democratic Sens. Heidi HeitkampHeidi Heitkamp oil is changing the world and Washington GOP blocks Obama sanctions czar Overnight Finance: Obama huddles with Yellen; Puerto Rico bill markup Wednesday MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoe DonnellyDemocrats block energy spending bill over Iran amendment GOP blocks Obama sanctions czar Indiana GOP divided over Senate primary MORE (Ind.) announced support for same sex marriage. Recently 13 senators — 11 Democrats and two Republicans — have announced their support for same-sex marriage.