Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has come out in favor of same-sex marriage, as the Supreme Court readies to consider two cases on the issue Tuesday.
She joins GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who also expressed support for same-sex marriage in the last two weeks.
“I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love,” McCaskill wrote on her Tumblr page Sunday
“While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of their religious beliefs, neither should the government tell people who they have a right to marry.”
Missouri is a swing state, but McCaskill doesn’t have to worry too much about opposition to her decision, as she won’t be up for election again until 2018. She opposed gay marriage in a 2004 bid for the governor’s chair.
“My views on this subject have changed over time, but as many of my gay and lesbian friends, colleagues and staff embrace long-term committed relationships, I find myself unable to look them in the eye without honestly confronting this uncomfortable inequality,” she wrote Sunday.
“Supporting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is simply the right thing to do for our country. . . . Good people disagree with me. On the other hand, my children have a hard time understanding why this is even controversial. I think history will agree with my children.”
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