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Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) became the third Democratic senator in two days to come out in support of marriage equality last night after issuing a statement to Buzzfeed.

BegichSaid Begich:

"Gay and lesbian couples should not be denied the ability to pledge their love and commitment through the civil institution of marriage. I believe that two committed adults of the same sex should be able to receive a government-issued marriage license, while religious institutions retain their right to determine which marriages they will perform."

Begich has never stated whether he was for or against same-sex marriage directly but opposed a federal marriage amendment and supported same-sex partner benefits. He did not join a recent amicus brief in the DOMA case urging the court to strike it down.

Begich joins Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) who also suddenly evolved on marriage equality.

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  1. Yay, another politician with his finger in the wind.

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 26, 2013 7:38:38 AM

  2. The politicians who are changing their minds at this point in time are the ones that shoud be regarded with the most suspicion. While others are consistent in their views, these folks changes their positions out of pure self-interest.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 26, 2013 7:50:31 AM

  3. Having his finger in the wind is OK by me so long as his hand is up in the air for votes. Nice to see.

    Posted by: Liam | Mar 26, 2013 7:50:49 AM

  4. Thank you Senator!

    Posted by: Reality | Mar 26, 2013 8:02:14 AM

  5. I disagree, the politicians coming out in favor now (in my mind) have ALWAYS supported equality but feared the election consequences. Take a look at Sen. BEGICH's history on the subject - he never directly answered it in the past. Some of these Senators will still face backlash, but enough is enough. It's time for equality.

    Posted by: Kyle | Mar 26, 2013 8:04:01 AM

  6. I'm as cynical as the next guy, buy cut them some slack, people.

    The problem with many if not most self-described 'progressives' who're promoting gay issues is they also carry what many would consider unnecessary or negative baggage regarding other non-gay oriented far left issues. This can make it difficult for middle-of-the-road politicians to support their cause du jour without fear of losing the next election.

    Gay people are just lucky that our civil rights cause is finally reaching a critical mas of popular support. This in large part is due,IMHO, to the far right contingent of the Republicans imploding the party. This shouldn't be construed that suddenly most or even a big minority of people are predisposed to far left views, because they aren't, anymore than far right views.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 26, 2013 8:10:07 AM

  7. There is no need to question his motivations. He is on the side of justice and equality. Thank you Senator!

    Posted by: andrew | Mar 26, 2013 2:21:09 PM

  8. Folks should cut Senator Begich some slack because it is hard to see how this helps him politically. His position is not the majority opinion in Alaska and he is being targeted by the GOP because his seat is considered vulnerable in 2014. It is a pretty bold stand for an Alaskan politician and I think he deserves some credit. As a constituent, I will be calling today to thank him.

    Posted by: ColinAK | Mar 26, 2013 3:12:27 PM

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