Tester comes out for gay marriage

Posted by Jessica Mayrer on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

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Three hours after Montana Sen. Jon Tester came out in favor of gay marriage today on Facebook, his announcement garnered 2,020 “likes,” 727 shares and 244 comments, many of them from LGBT people and their allies.

As one woman commented on the site, “Wow! I was so proud to read about this today. Thank you so much for standing up for ALL Montanans!”

Tester’s support of gay equality came just as the U.S. Supreme Court began deliberating the issue today. It seemed an abrupt turnaround for the freshly reelected senator who previously pointed to a 2004 law passed by Montana voters that limits marriage to a union between a man and a woman, when stating that he doesn’t support such unions.

National media jumped on the news, including front page stories on Salon, Politico, Washington Post ("Why Democrats are racing to back gay marriage") and Huffington Post, which listed the 10 Democratic senators still against gay marriage. But not all of the feedback is supportive, however. As one Facebook commenter wrote, “You have zero integrity. And why is there only a ‘like’ button?”

Here’s what Tester wrote in his announcement:

“Montanans believe in the right to make a good life for their families. How they define a family should be their business and their business alone. I’m proud to support marriage equality because no one should be able to tell a Montanan or any American who they can love and who they can marry.” -JT

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