(CNSNews.com) – Former Virginia Governor and current Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine said he would “be fine” with state legislatures changing the definition of marriage to include gay couples during a debate on Sept. 20.
Kaine, in a tight race with former Republican Senator and Governor George Allen, said that “everybody” should have the type of legally sanctioned marriage he and his wife enjoy.
“I would be fine if they [state legislatures] did it and they labeled it marriage or civil unions or domestic partnership,” Kaine said when asked if he agreed with President Barack Obama’s position on legalizing same-sex marriage. “For me, the test is: Are people treated the same and given the same legal rights and responsibilities regardless of their sexual orientation?”
“I think legal equality should be the policy,” said the Democratic candidate.
Kaine also said that “being for equality is never a bad thing” and that homosexual couples should be able to enjoy the type of socially recognized relationship that he and his wife do.
“As I get older, I’ve come to the conclusion that being for equality is never a bad thing,” said Kaine. “We don’t make a mistake when we follow the basic constitutional prescription that everybody should be entitled to equal protection under law.”
“My wife’s here and I’ll just say that the relationship we’ve had for over 28 years is something that I hope everyone would have,” Kaine said. “I think everybody should be able to have that kind of relationship regardless of their sexual orientation. I want everybody to be able to have it and not to have to hide it. I think it ought to be subject to being legally recognized and even legally celebrated.”