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Sue Collins endorses marriage equality

Timothy Kincaid

June 25th, 2014

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Senator Susan Collins (R – Maine) has announced that she supports marriage equality. (Bangor Daily News)

“A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,” Collins said in response to a question from the BDN.

This shocks exactly no one. Collins has been a long-time ally of the community and was instrumental in overturning the ban on open service in the military.

She joins only three other GOP Senators in openly supporting marriage equality: Senators Rob Portman of Ohio, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. It is, nevertheless, an important addition and a step in the long road of changing the position of the Republican Party.

It will be interesting to see the response. I suspect the usual loons in the anti-gay special interest groups will whine, but I’m betting that no one in the party leadership is in anyway critical of Sen. Collins.

We are winning. Today was a good day.

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Bose in St. Peter MN
June 25th, 2014 | LINK

Context worth noting, as well: Shenna Bellows, Collins’ opponent, directed the successful Maine equality campaign in 2012.

So yeah, kudos to Collins. At the same time, don’t expect mass-scale shifts of the ballot initiative volunteers and supporters to Collins’ column in November. I’m guessing she’s not taking it lightly that Bellows just earned a long-shot win, recruiting and managing a massive crew of boots on the ground.

Claire Folsom
June 28th, 2014 | LINK

Nearly every time she ‘crosses the isle’ to support any opposition legislation, she guts it as a condition of support.

Her evolution on this topic is simple political expediency, nothing more. She needs to be removed almost as much as Paul LePage does.

DN
June 30th, 2014 | LINK

Wow. What courage. Marriage equality has been the law of her state for two years, and she’s just *now* showing her support. Woo… hoo…?

Or is it just that every single time a republican has something to say that is even remotely kind to gay people, Timothy Kincaid has to fall all over himself to thank them?

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