Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) latest senator to come out in support of same-sex marriage
March 25, 2013
Warner Says He Supports Gay Marriage
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) told Time that he supports same-sex marriage.
Said Warner: "I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do. 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 is up for re-election in 2014.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||03/27/2013|
Good for him. It's about time. There shouldn't be one politician against human equality, especially Democratic.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||03/25/2013|
Is he related to former Virginia Senator JOHN Warner, who was briefly married to Elizabeth Taylor?
If so, it's easy to see why he supports the cause...
|by Anonymous||reply 2||03/25/2013|
Given that most of Virginia is red-neck Republican territory, this is actually a courageous stand on Warner's behalf with his re-election coming up next year.
And no, he is not related to former Republican Senator John Warner, though he did run against him about 10 years ago. His bumper stickers read "MARKNOTJOHN".
|by Anonymous||reply 3||03/25/2013|
[quote]Given that most of Virginia is red-neck Republican territory
We have 2 Deocratic Senators, we went for Obama twice and Terry McAuliffe looks to be our next Governor.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||03/25/2013|
That was my first thought, R2, but they're not according to Wiki. He was actually pretty successful when he ran against incumbent John Warner, coming within 120K votes.
It's bold for a freshman senator but he was a hugely popular governor. He knows when to spend his political capital. Someone on the Hilary Clinton thread predicted that more key Dems would come out in support in the days leading up to the hearings.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||03/25/2013|
No kin to John Warner. In 1996, he ran against him, making it a Warner v. Warner senate race.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||03/25/2013|
I was curious about that, R2, so I looked it up. No relation, but here's an interesting story:
|by Anonymous||reply 7||03/25/2013|
He was my 2016 contender, apart from Hillary.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||03/25/2013|
This could cost him re-election next year. Not a smart move in Virginia.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||03/25/2013|
When was the last time you were in Virginia R3? Granted, it's like that west of Charlottesville, but the rest of Virginia is pretty moderate and hardly redneck.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||03/25/2013|
So... are all these endorsements supposed to influence the SPOTUS or something?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||03/25/2013|
Actually R10, anything south of Northern Virginia can be very redneck.
Most of those counties are and have always been Republican.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||03/25/2013|
No Maryland. I live here, I know what I'm talking about. No Virginia is not a blue state and probably will never be, in spite of having two democratic senators and voting for Obama twice. But it's not just a bunch of rednecks south of the Rappahannock.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||03/25/2013|
"Most" in terms of sheer square mileage I'll give you, R3, but the population density in VA drops pretty extremely west of the Fall Line, so even though most of the map looks red, the places where people actually live have been swinging blue for a while.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/25/2013|
R4 Take a good look at your current governor and AG, then get back to us.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||03/25/2013|
McDonnell ran as a moderate. He kept his more 'despicable' traits to himself. He also ran against a very weak democrat.
Cuccinelli also ran against a weak democrat, but also he went through an entire image makeover during the last campaign. They downplayed his crazy nutjob politics and played up the family man angle and voters bought it.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||03/25/2013|
I think people mistake it for West Virginia.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||03/25/2013|
Senator McCaskill has chimed in support changing her earlier opinion. It is starting to feel like the closing scene from Revenge of the Nerds. Skip to 4:00 minutes in...
|by Anonymous||reply 18||03/25/2013|
Now that will hurt Claire McCaskil in Missouri.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||03/25/2013|
Don't mistake this support for principle. These Democrats want to keep the campaign donations flowing from the rich gays.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||03/25/2013|
Yes, rich gays support candidates that adhere to good policies, so its a win-win.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/25/2013|
I live in Virginia and you all can cram it with this "what a brave move" bullshit. We're a purple state and turning bluer each year (especially now that the Republicans are on the cusp of nominating an unelectable freeptard as their candidate for governor).
|by Anonymous||reply 22||03/26/2013|
How do these stupid bits even come close to being new position?
|by Anonymous||reply 23||03/26/2013|
Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska has now become the latest senator to come out in support of same-sex marriage.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||03/26/2013|
Yes! As a (former) Alaskan, this is great news.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||03/26/2013|
And you know it's pretty much over when the opponents' latest arguments against SSM basically boil down to "The Supreme Court should go slow...!"
|by Anonymous||reply 26||03/26/2013|
Well they don't have long to do it because by 2014, anyone who is anti-gay marriage will look downright prehistoric.
Watch for falling republicans.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||03/26/2013|
[quote]Now that will hurt Claire McCaskil in Missouri.
McCaskill just got re-elected in November. She's not up again until 2018. By that point I don't think there'll be much opposition to gay marriage in Missouri.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||03/27/2013|
[quote]This could cost him re-election next year. Not a smart move in Virginia.
Mark Warner could become a member of the Taliban and still win re-election.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||03/27/2013|