Alaska's Murkowski Say Her Views 'Evolving' on Gay Marriage

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 11:33 PM

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You can count Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK., among the ranks of those whose views are now “evolving” on the issue of same-sex marriage, Politico reports.

“I think it’s important to acknowledge that there is a change afoot in this country in terms of how marriage is viewed,” Murkowski told the Chugiak-Eagle River Star on Wednesday.

“The term ‘evolving view’ has been perhaps overused, but I think it is an appropriate term for me to use.”

Murkowski would be the second GOP senator to embrace same-sex marriage.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH., announced his support for gay marriage last week after finding out that his college-age son is gay.

In the past, Murkowski has voted for constitutional amendments that define marriage as between one man and one woman.

In October of 2010, she told a newspaper from the Anchorage Archdiocese, The Catholic Anchor: “I believe marriages should be legally defined as between one man and one woman.

I have voted in support of efforts in the Senate to enact a Constitutional amendment that would have limited marriage to one man and one woman only.”

Months later, however, she became a vocal supporter of the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Murkowski credits her sons as being an integral part of her evolving views.

“I’ve got two young sons who, when I ask them and their friends how they feel about gay marriage, kinda give me one of those looks like, ‘Gosh mom, why are you even asking that question?’” Murkowski told the River Star.

For Murkowski, shining a bright light on same-sex marriage right now may be an example of misplaced priorities.

“We have so many issues in this country to focus on that worry us, that I question why there is such focus on the simple right of people to love whom they will,” she added, voicing her concern for bigger issues, like the sequestration, as opposed to being hung up on marriages.

However, the lawmaker also told the paper that whichever way her personal feelings on same-sex marriage may evolve, her actions on the issue will remain in sync with that of her constituents in Alaska, who voted to ban same-sex marriages in 1998.

“It may be that Alaska will come to revisit its position on gay marriage, and as a policymaker I am certainly reviewing that very closely,” she said

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