Former Tennessee Representative Harold Ford Jr. is the latest member of Congress to flip in favor of gay marriage.

Ford voted in favor of placing a gay marriage ban in the U.S. Constitution. In 2004 and again in 2006, he crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans in favor of the Federal Marriage Amendment.

But lately the thirty-nine-year-old politician has been singing a different tune, telling Today Show host Matt Lauer that he now supports giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

When Lauer asked if it was a “change” in position, he answered: “Maybe in the language. But I'm a believer that benefits should flow to same sex partners and if indeed the fiction of the language, the title should be changed, much like Chuck Schumer who changed his mind on it and Bill Clinton's evolved, I'm of the opinion now that nothing is wrong with that.”

The early morning appearance is certain to ratchet up speculation that Ford, who now lives in New York, is contemplating a challenge to New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her Senate seat. Gillibrand has positioned herself as a gay rights ally, a move that recently earned her the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights advocate.