Add one more Democratic senator to the list of supporters of marriage equality. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) joined the flurry of Dems who have decided it’s time to evolve.
Or to put it the way Johnson did, evolve “sufficiently.” As in, just enough to get re-elected.
Here is his statement, via WaPo:
“After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation. This position doesn’t require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom.”
That leaves the three unevolved Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), all from red states. As was Johnson before he decided not to run again, Landrieu and Pryor are both up for reelection in 2014.
Rob Portman (Ohio) and Mark Kirk (Ill.) are the only two Republican Senators who support marriage equality. Given that many in the GOP don’t believe in evolution, this is no surprise.
Note: Edited to correct.