Mark Begich, Democratic Senator From Alaska, Issues Statement In Support Of Same Sex Marriage

03/26/2013 01:32 am ET | Updated Mar 24, 2014

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) has said little publicly about his views on marriage equality. Until now.

On Monday night, the senator released a statement to Buzzfeed fully endorsing same-sex marriage:

"I believe that same sex couples should be able to marry and should have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as any other married couple," Begich stated.

"Government should keep out of individuals' personal lives -- if someone wants to marry someone they love, they should be able to. Alaskans are fed up with government intrusion into our private lives, our daily business, and in the way we manage our resources and economy."

Begich's statement comes on the eve of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the constitutionality of marriage for same-sex couples.

Prior to releasing this statement, the moderate Democrat had publicly supported same-sex partner benefits and opposed amending the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage, The New York Times reported. Alaskan voters approved a state ban in 1998.

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