7 Politicians Who Changed Their Minds About Gay Marriage

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For activists who have been working for years to pursue the acceptance and expansion of gay marriage legalization, the recent shift in the tide of both public opinion and judicial findings must feel dizzying and incredibly fulfilling. Just last week, we saw a slew of upbeat news for marriage equality with Virginia's gay marriage ban getting struck down. Virginia is the first southern state to change course on the path to marriage equality.

This shift is often largely credited to the courts — but it does depend at least a little on politicians, too. Representatives help call the shots, and can influence the public's opinion. Here are seven surprising politicians, both Democratic and Republican, who finally changed their mind about gay marriage.

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