Per Politico, embattled U.S. Senator Chris Dodd announced that he has changed his position on gay marriage today on his Senate website:
Public officials aren’t supposed to change their minds. But I firmly believe that it’s important to keep learning. Last week, while I was in Connecticut meeting with members of the gay and lesbian community from across the state, I had the opportunity to tell them what I’ve learned about marriage, and about equality.
As for the politics of the move, the effort to remove potential black marks from Dodd’s liberal scorecard marches on. Liberals have one less issue to grumble about with Dodd, and left-leaning gay rights’ groups in DC can now write more PAC checks in good conscience.
The issue doesn’t add much ideological daylight between himself and Republican Rob Simmons, who at this point seems most likely to be Dodd’s opponent in 2010. Simmons has long been a supporter of gay marriage and was regularly endorsed by the Log Cabin Republicans during his Congressional career.
In terms of the issue, Dodd’s view is now similiar to many people under the age of 40. According to a New York Times article from late April, 57% of those polled under the age of 40 were supportive of gay marriage. Keeping the government out of the business of regulating marriage is a fine step for Dodd and good for society.
Unfortunately we’ve had no such luck in getting Dodd to keep the government out of the business of auto manufacturing, health care, housing, or banking.