As the debate for marriage equality continues across the country, slowly but surely U.S. Senators are starting to voice their support for gay marriage. Just this week six Senators came out in favor of the issue, following in the tracks of Republican Mark Kirk and Rob Portman who have already voiced their support.
According to Attorney and marriage equality advocate Jill Metz, 23 U.S. Senators have formally endorsed same-sex marriage thus far, and that number is only expected to increase. “The tide is turning in the Senate,” says Metz. “While the number of formal endorsements is slowly growing, at the very least many politicians are open to changing their opinion, something that would have been unheard of even a few years ago.”
Metz explains that many of the Senators who have voiced their support admit their newfound stance on the subject had evolved. “A support system has begun to develop in Congress which may give public figures who are teetering on the border the courage to go over the edge,” says Metz.