A little birth state pride: Democratic Rep. Ron Kind, whose district covers the lower two-thirds of western Wisconsin, announced his support for marriage equality yesterday in a message posted to his Facebook page. It reads:
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.
Congressman Kind’s statement means that Wisconsin’s entire Democratic congressional delegation now supports the freedom to marry. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay Senator in history, is a longtime marriage equality supporter. Rep. Gwen Moore, who represents Milwaukee, joined HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign last year, and Rep. Mark Pocan – who serves Baldwin’s former district – is a gay man who’s been married to his husband Phil for almost seven years.
Even though Wisconsin’s Democratic congressional contingent is disproportionately small (thanks to a GOP-controlled redistricting process, Democrats represent only three of Wisconsin’s eight U.S. House districts, despite having earned more votes than Republican candidates in congressional races last fall), I’m proud of the fact that all of them now stand on the right side of history on the most important civil rights issue of our time.