Like millions of others, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner changed his Facebook profile picture to a red equals sign today, announcing his support for the same-sex marriage cases being argued before the Supreme Court today and tomorrow. Senator Warner, a Virginia Democrat who describes himself as a centrist, announced yesterday on Facebook that he now supports same-sex marriage.
On Facebook, Warner wrote that he supports marriage equality "because it is the fair and right thing to do."
Same-sex marriage is a top priority for the Human Rights Campaign, the nonprofit organization whose iconic symbol of a yellow equals sign against a blue background turned red and pink today to emphasize the love behind every same-sex (or opposite-sex) marriage.
Warner's disclosure marks an evolution of his opinion on same-sex marriage. He had previously supported civil unions for same-sex couples, and was the first governor to ban discrimination in hiring and workplace protection for gay state employees.
In 2010, he backed ending the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gays in the military.