WASHINGTON – Sen. Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, reversed course Monday and called for the repeal of the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
His decision leaves only 8 of 53 Senate Democrats who still oppose same-sex marriages. It comes less than a week after the Supreme Court heard arguments on two gay marriage cases, including a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.
In an interview with the Allentown, Pa., Morning Call, Casey said he now supports the right of gays and lesbians to marry, and said he would sign on as a co-sponsor on a bill to repeal the act.
“I ultimately decided that to make a decision about DOMA was making a decision about marriage equality itself,” Casey said.
Half a dozen Senate Democrats have changed their views and announced support for same-sex marriage in recent weeks. When Casey stayed quiet, Pennsylvania’s gay community and its supporters flooded his office with letters and phone calls urging him to follow suit.