Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, a
Democrat, on Sunday said he believes the national debate on whether
to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry has been good for the
When Webb ran for the Senate in 2006,
he said that he supported civil unions, not marriage, for gay
couples, but he also did not support a constitutional amendment
defining marriage as a heterosexual union in the state of Virginia.
“I took tough stands in '06,” Webb
said on NBC's Meet
the Press. “There was a gay marriage amendment on the
ballot in Virginia. … I opposed that.”
“I'm really comfortable with where
the evolution has …”
“Legal in some places but not in
others?” host Chuck Todd asked.
“I think this has been a good thing
for the country,” he responded.
Webb, who did not seek a second term in
2012, attracted headlines two weeks ago when he said that he is
“seriously contemplating” a run for the White House.