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Indiana Senator changes his view on marriage equality

Democratic senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana has joined the growing chorus of lawmakers who say they support gay marriage.

Donnelly says he reconsidered his opinion after recent Supreme Court arguments and public discussion on the issue.

Here is his full statement: "In recent years, our country has been involved in an important discussion on the issue of marriage equality. While serving in the House of Representatives, I had the opportunity to act on a core belief of mine: we are a stronger country when we draw on the strengths of all Americans. I voted to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' and was an original supporter of the bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of their sexual orientation. It is also for that reason that 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."

Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp (from North Dakota) are the latest Democratic senators to show support for gay marriage.

That leaves only four Senate Democrats who have not endorsed it.

Republican Sens. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Rob Portman of Ohio have also said they support gay marriage.

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