Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Ron Kind has become the latest congressman to jump aboard the fast-moving marriage equality bandwagon.
The Democrat from La Crosse announced his support for same-sex marriage this morning on his Facebook page, saying that his own happy marriage influenced his decision:
“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.”
Kind is often mentioned as a potential Democratic challenger to Gov. Scott Walker in 2014 or U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson in 2016. He received a rating of 95 percent by the Human Rights Campaign for his votes during the last session of Congress.