Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, former HRC Press Secretary
Today, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that she supports marriage equality. Murkowski joins two of her Republican colleagues – Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois– in endorsing the right of committed and loving gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin released the following statement in response to the news:
“Senator Murkowski’s courageous and principled announcement today sends a clear message that marriage equality must come to all 50 states in this country. As the Supreme Court prepares to rule in two landmark marriage cases this month, a growing bipartisan coalition is standing up for the right of all couples to marry—and there is no turning back that tide.
“We hope other fair-minded conservatives like Senator Murkowski stand up and join her. Alaska may be nicknamed ‘the Last Frontier,’ but we’ve got to make sure that LGBT Alaskans don’t have to wait to find justice.”
Senator Lisa Murkowski joins a growing number of elected and rank-and-file Republicans vocally supporting marriage equality. Earlier this year, a pro-equality amicus brief signed by more than 100 prominent Republicans was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Hollingsworth v. Perry case. And a number of recent polls have shown an emerging Republican coalition for marriage—including a clear majority of conservative youth.
Senator Lisa Murkowski supported both the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Read an op-ed from Sen. Murkowski this morning on her marriage views by clicking here.