As the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today on laws against same-sex marriage, U.S. Senator Mark Begich has become the latest member of congress to declare support for expanding marriage.
A statement issued last night, was apparently the Alaska Democrat’s first on the topic. Begich states: “If someone wants to marry someone they love, they should be able to.”
In the last week, Begich’s fellow democrats Clare McCaskill of Missouri and Mark Warner of Virginia joined Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio in ending their previous silence or opposition on the issue.
Begich has opposed a federal definition of marriage and supported benefits for same-sex partners, but has previously declined to answer whether he was for or against same-sex marriage.
In Alaska, the state constitution was amended in 1998 to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.