In a Sunday op-ed written for the The Meriden Record-Journal and posted to his official Senate website, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) explains why he has reversed his longstanding position and now supports full marriage equality for LGBT Americans. Dodd says "the fact that I was raised a certain way just isn’t a good enough reason to stand in the way of fairness anymore."
I believe that effective leaders must be able and willing to grow and change over their service. I certainly have during mine—and so has the world. Thirty-five years ago, who could have imagined that we'd have an African-American President of the United States?
My young daughters are growing up in a different reality than I did. Our family knows many same-sex couples—our neighbors in Connecticut, members of my staff, parents of their schoolmates. Some are now married because the Connecticut Supreme Court and our state legislature have made same-sex marriage legal in our state. But to my daughters, these couples are married simply because they love each other and want to build a life together. That's what we've taught them. The things that make those families different from their own pale in comparison to the commitments that bind those couples together.
In the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, Dodd did not support full marriage equality but very eloquently spoke out for gay rights, civil unions and tolerance.
Democratic Senators Charles Schumer (NY) and Tom Harkin (IA)—the latter voted for the odious Defense of Marriage Act—are also recent converts to full marriage equality.