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Murkowski makes three

Timothy Kincaid

June 19th, 2013

I believe that now all but three Democratic Senators have stated their support for marriage equality. But the GOP has lagged behind. Until now, only Senators Portman of Ohio and Kirk of Illinois have endorsed equality.

Today, Alaska’s Senator Lisa Mukowski added her name.

The Supreme Court is set to make a pair of decisions on the topic of marriage equality shortly, and the national conversation on this issue is picking back up. This is a significant moment for our nation when it comes to rethinking our society’s priorities and the role of government in Americans’ private lives and decisions, so I want to be absolutely clear with Alaskans. I am a life-long Republican because I believe in promoting freedom and limiting the reach of government. When government does act, I believe it should encourage family values. I support the right of all Americans to marry the person they love and choose because I believe doing so promotes both values: it keeps politicians out of the most private and personal aspects of peoples’ lives – while also encouraging more families to form and more adults to make a lifetime commitment to one another. While my support for same sex civil marriage is something I believe in, I am equally committed to guaranteeing that religious freedoms remain inviolate, so that churches and other religious institutions can continue to determine and practice their own definition of marriage.

With the notion of marriage – an exclusive, emotional, binding ‘til death do you part’ tie – becoming more and more an exception to the rule given a rise in cohabitation and high rates of divorce, why should the federal government be telling adults who love one another that they cannot get married, simply because they happen to be gay? I believe when there are so many forces pulling our society apart, we need more commitment to marriage, not less.

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Timothy Kincaid
June 19th, 2013 | LINK

The Houston Chronicle is counting Sue Collins of Maine and making Murkowski fourth. I think Collins was too ambiguous to count and that if she wants to beat the SCOTUS ruling, she’d better get her butt in gear.

Ben M
June 19th, 2013 | LINK

Sen. Murkowski’s joins Alaska’s Dem Sen. Begich in supporting marriage equality. Both are considered party moderates (both are pro-choice, pro-gun, etc).

I suspect the tea-bagging she got in 2010 has allowed her some freedom to stand up to the extreme wing of the GOP.

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