Sen. Saxby Chambliss: ‘I’m Not Gay. So I’m not Going to Marry One’


Politico asked anti-equality lawmakers if their views had changed on same-sex marriage given the shift in popular opinion and their colleague Rob Portman's announcement last week that he supports marriage equality.

Said Senator Saxby Chambliss: “I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one.”

Nobody else seems to be shifting either:

“I’m still not supportive of it,” said Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), who is up for reelection in 2014, adding he still backs the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that the Supreme Court is reviewing.

“I’m with South Carolina,” said GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who also faces voters next year. “I believe in traditional marriage — between a man and a woman, without animosity. I don’t mind if people are able to transfer their property, visit their loved ones in hospitals, but marriage to me, I’ve stayed with the concept of traditional marriage.”

Well, maybe one of them:

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a moderate Democrat from a red state who just won reelection last year, suggested in an interview that her views are evolving even if she doesn’t yet back gay marriage.

“I think there’s a lot of shift going on in the country, and I’m thinking about it,” said McCaskill, who called Portman’s announcement “courageous.”