Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary
This morning U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, announced she supports marriage for committed and loving gay and lesbian couples. In doing so, she becomes the third sitting Republican U.S. Senator to support marriage equality.
Sen. Murkowski has published an op-ed detailing her change of heart on the issue, and explains the personal reasons why she thinks its wrong to deny marriage to same-sex couples.
"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."
Click here to read the rest of the op-ed on Sen. Murkowski's official Senate website.
HRC has compiled a resource to show where members of Congress stand on the issue of marriage for same-sex couples. Read more here.