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Senator Tim Johnson Announces Support for Marriage Equality

Senator Tim JohnsonToday senior U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) became the 54th Senator to publicly support marriage equality.

Just last week another three Senators joined the majority of the Senate in support of loving, committed same-sex couples.

Sen. Johnson stated,

"After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation," Johnson said in a statement. "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."

With announcements from Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Tim Johnson (D-SD), the total number of U.S. Senators backing marriage equality has reached 54, including 50 Democrats, 2 Independents and 2 Republicans. Just three Democratic Senators have yet to publicly support marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Learn more about HRC's work for marriage equality on our Marriage Center.

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