U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Pete Visclosky (D-IN) support the freedom to marry
April 12, 2013
This week, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) announced their support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
Congressman Visclosky published a note on his Facebook page. He wrote:
I support marriage equality for all couples and believe that every single American should be able to marry the person they love. I believe that it is unfair that, under current law, same-sex couples are legally prohibited from taking advantage of the federal laws that provide financial and legal benefits to married couples. I believe that we can no longer allow the states to discriminate against same-sex marriages. Rather, I believe that the federal government should ensure that all consenting adults, no matter who they are or who they love, have the exact same marriage rights.
Congressman Ron Kind also published his support on Facebook. He wrote:
My 18-year marriage to Tawni has taught me that we're both stronger because we love and support each other. I support marriage equality because if two people want to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for one another, then the government shouldn't stand in the way.
As the Supreme Court deliberates the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, I'm reminded that throughout history, discrimination has never worked. I have never voted for discrimination, and I look forward to supporting legislation like the Respect for Marriage Act that will help committed same-sex couples gain the same rights as everyone else.
The representatives' support comes after a month where over a dozen U.S. Senators announced that they support ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage - which now numbers a majority for the first time. Read all of the newly supportive Senators' statements announcing their support HERE.