Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has reiterated his support for gay marriage.

The Democrat first acknowledged his new position in March, when his hometown newspaper, the Boston Globe, asked him about the issue as part of a survey.

But in reporting the results, the paper accidentally left Kerry's title and first name out of the story.

Earlier this month, the paper ran a Kerry op-ed in which he defended President Barack Obama's right to change his mind on gay marriage. In doing so, Kerry chronicled his own journey to gay marriage proponent, but the piece didn't get much attention.

“Everyone is entitled to his own view, in his own time, including the president,” Kerry wrote.

“Seeing is believing. Many of us who once believed civil unions were sufficient to protect legal rights because we thought of marriage as a religious sacrament between a man and a woman, have seen that no church has been forced to do anything that contradicts its teaching. But when two committed people apply for a Massachusetts marriage license, they are equal whether they are gay or straight. It's not about a word – it's about equality under the law.”

In a new interview with the Globe, Kerry makes it clear that he now supports full marriage for gay couples. The 67-year-old senator had previously supported civil unions and state-level constitutional amendments defining marriage as a heterosexual union, but he was one of the few senators in 1996 to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibits federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples.

“I don't think it hurts the things I thought it would; lesson learned,” Kerry said. “You evolve with these things. You see through experience what happens. The sort of concerns I had – that somehow it would have some impact on the quality of church teaching, or that I wasn't honoring that – I think is just not borne out by experience. Period.”