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Former Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) Supports Marriage Equality Now That She's Retired

Former Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) says she snow upports marriage equality:

Snowe"I think obviously this has evolved over time on the whole issue for the whole country and the nations," Snowe, a moderate Republican, told CNN. "We've seen a sea change in society's whole attitude on this particular issue and it's only natural for government to be responsive to those changes."

Snowe said she supported Maine's provision permitting marriage between same-sex couples in November, a position she hasn't previously stated. That measure passed, making Maine one of nine U.S. states that allow same-sex marriage.

Snowe also said she now opposes DOMA, which she voted for in '96:

"The time has come," she continued. "I think what we're seeing is, I think, changing societal conventions, that ultimately you see the transformation of society's gradual thinking and evolving on issues. I think we're seeing those sea changes on this particular question."

Too bad she couldn't see this clearly while in office.

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  1. She really did see this clearly in office though. As a Maine Resident for 18 Years, Snowe always reached across the aisle to vote on things responsibly. Yes, she was a Republican, but she also was a free thinker and a real advocate for being a good politician. She was never vocal against us, just stood back and let history make itself.

    Posted by: Scott | Apr 6, 2013 10:13:53 AM


  2. Just standing back is part of the problem, Scott. There are a lot of politicians doing that. Just standing back, rather than getting in the fray and fighting for us. Part of the reason we're in the position we're in still.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 6, 2013 10:16:04 AM


  3. With all due respect to Miss Snowe, we no longer need to hear this from her.

    We need to hear this from the current senior Senator from Maine, Susan Collins.

    Posted by: Chitown kev | Apr 6, 2013 10:28:31 AM


  4. Agreed Francis, totally agreed. Just in all the rhetoric of really nasty GOP members, she was never one of them. That's all I was saying. Here's hoping this move was as way to get Susan Collins to address the issue.

    Posted by: Scott | Apr 6, 2013 10:32:12 AM


  5. In the end, a Republican is a Republican - and they can take Joe Lieberman with them down to whichever circle of hell is reserved for these "moderates".

    Posted by: Fahd | Apr 6, 2013 11:29:12 AM


  6. Yes, it would have been better if she had voiced support while in office. But hey, no matter. Even though she never signed anything like DADT or DOMA certainly she should be a glowing example of an "Advocate for Change". So come on GLAAD, where's the trophy for Snowe or is Slick Willie just special?

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Apr 6, 2013 11:47:11 AM


  7. Yes, it would have been better if she had voiced support while in office. But hey, no matter. Even though she never signed anything like DADT or DOMA certainly she should be a glowing example of an "Advocate for Change". So come on GLAAD, where's the trophy for Snowe or is Slick Willie just special?

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Apr 6, 2013 11:47:13 AM


  8. The thing about Snowe that I found infuriating was that often she did pick her battles in terms of not towing the GOP line. While I always thought she was a decent and intelligent person you could clearly tell the times she was pulled to the right in order to maintain rank in the GOP. And it was pathetic because you knew she was better than that.

    Having said that I'd still take her or Lincoln Chafee over a good 1/3 of the Dem senators. And she will have to explain how she ended up on the wrong side of history.

    Posted by: robroy | Apr 6, 2013 12:09:05 PM


  9. She should keep quiet and let her legislative record speak for itself. Now she looks like a weakling who went along with the ride without voting her convictions. Too little, too late.

    Posted by: David | Apr 6, 2013 12:30:13 PM


  10. She did support GWB on a lot of his agenda. I'm sorry for her and her poor judgement while in office, when it counted, such as support for the Iraq war. Maine deserved better than this. Our country deserved better as well. Perhaps better late than never helps a bit, but for those impacted by war and discrimination, it's much too late. Lessons learned for current and future leaders, one would hope.

    Posted by: Peter Regan | Apr 6, 2013 1:19:06 PM


  11. Better late than never. Nearly every member of my family was against gay marriage until the past 2 years. Welcome converts, no matter how late.

    Posted by: bravo | Apr 6, 2013 2:11:19 PM


  12. People don't seem to "get" what politics is about.

    Snowe did more for us, as a Republican, than most Democrats !

    What IS it about the concept of an elected, representative, democracy that you freakin' people do not understand ?

    I agree wholeheartedly with JohnAGJ :

    "...she never signed anything like DADT or DOMA certainly she should be a glowing example of an "Advocate for Change". So come on GLAAD, where's the trophy for Snowe, or is Slick Willie just special?"

    Posted by: Fred | Apr 6, 2013 2:42:53 PM


  13. And yet Hillary Clinton JUST did the same thing and she's a hero?

    Posted by: sfjerry | Apr 6, 2013 3:05:16 PM


  14. And yet Hillary Clinton JUST did the same thing and she's a hero?

    Posted by: sfjerry | Apr 6, 2013 3:05:17 PM


  15. The purpose of this likely is to add pressure to Susan Collins to come out in favor of same-sex marriage.

    Posted by: Stefan | Apr 6, 2013 3:35:09 PM


  16. Thanks a whole hell of a lot, you spineless excuse for a politician. Now you are out of office you have evolved? You did nothing to help when you could do something about it, and now you are on our side when you are just a regular citizen? Maybe we don't WANT you on our side. I've never said this to anyone in my 65 years, but, Ms. Snowe... go to hell!

    Posted by: Reggie777 | Apr 6, 2013 6:48:24 PM


  17. Same-sex marriage is an injustice, a tyrannical ploy being perpetrated upon our society of which the pernicious consequences are simply mocked and laughed at by its supporters. Ignorance and prejudice have taken the place of knowledge and reason. Caprice and passion substituted for prudence and virtue. The happiness of society, the good of all families, and the welfare of mankind fall victim to unjust selfish love, calculating every thing for itself while taking no notice of a child's best interest or the public advantage of the government promoting ONLY the traditional family.

    In the eyes of a child, same-sex marriage appears adulterous by nature. Someone is not present in his/her home who is his/her true mother or father. No good can come from adultery. At best, a virtuous heterosexual man and woman can soften the evil sustained by children from adultery, but same-sex proponents want their adulterous families to be considered normal and "equal" to a monogamous heterosexual marriage.... which study after study has proven to be the best environment for childrearing. There is simply no virtue in ignorance, or in denying truth.

    Here are two truths regarding marriage: (1) Creating a family with another man is not equal to creating a family with a woman, and (2) denying children parents of both genders at home is an objective evil. Kids need and yearn for both.

    Same-sex marriage in unconformable to the state of a rational social being, it is defective in principle, and has ONLY a deceitful appearance to young and old because it denies Natural Law. All children eventually figure out that it takes a man and a woman to bring a new life into the world.

    At school, those kids who have two mothers or two fathers will be different, and the other children will notice that the same-sex family child is different in many ways. Besides the obvious exclusion of either a mother or a father at home, a same-sex marriage child is deprived of both gender role models at home and will undoubtedly act differently than other children of his/her gender and especially with regards to interacting with the opposite sex of his/her same-sex parents. It is without a doubt that these children will be seen as different by children who have a mother and a father at home, and especially if they have their biological parents at home.

    In order to protect the same-sex child from any perceived harassment, the child of a same-sex marriage will become a special protected class in the eyes of the government. School officials will have to punish and "educate" any child who "offends" the protected class child for simply thinking it is strange that the child of the same-sex marriage has either a mother or their father missing, or if any child perceives that the child of his/her gender coming from a same-sex marriage acts in an unusual manner to his/her own, and his/her contemporaries.

    This unjust punishment to well-rounded children is proof that same-sex families do not follow core principles of Natural Law, and because same-sex marriage defies Natural Law, pernicious consequences will inevitably happen. To punish a child for saying what he knows is true (all children have a mother and a father) is nothing less than a tyrannical oppression to children who instinctively rely upon Nature's Laws to help them understand life and life's circumstances. Children will be forced and coerced to accept or comply with unnatural behaviors and their instinctual knowledge of right and wrong will become internally challenged and confused. A confused child is more susceptible to evil and perversion than one who is sound in his knowledge of the facts of life. Evil-doers will have a hay day in a society that sees no inherent evil to children in same-sex marriage, but alas....those who support same-sex marriage have apparently fallen too far into the depravity of licentiousness themselves to realize or acknowledge the harm and injustice same-sex marriage imposes upon our society and our children.

    Marriage was instituted to protect the Natural Rights of children. Same-sex marriage tramples those rights in the name of "equality".

    Posted by: Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui | Apr 6, 2013 11:35:21 PM


  18. I would like to take this occasion to apologize, most profoundly, to the people at this website for the long, rambling diatribe that I posted earlier. It does not in any way reflect my true feelings. I am afraid that my outburst was simply due to an unfortunate combination of a hangover from a wild Saturday night, a delay in taking my meds, and a momentary mania brought on by seeing Taylor Lautner shirtless on the television this morning as I ate my corn flakes. Now that all of that is settled, I will get back to my empty and pointless life, the monotony of which I interrupt from time to time by posting verbose yet substantially empty speeches that most people of intelligence, I am sure, do not bother to read.

    Posted by: Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui | Apr 7, 2013 1:16:39 PM


  19. Thanks Ms Snowe but while you were a U.S. Senator you almost always voted in lock step with the conservative Republicans. Occasionally you would stray from the fold and vote with the progressives, for which you were usually given WAY too much credit.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 7, 2013 11:09:23 PM


  20. Olympia Snowe deserves all the credit due to someone who was nowhere to be found when her voice could have made a difference but is quite willing to join the bandwagon when it no longer counts for much.

    Like Jerry Ford, who thought that the planned invasion of Iraq was a horrible mistake, but who kept his opinion to himself until after he -- and thousands of Americans and tens of thousands, maybe a couple of hundred thousand, Iraqis -- died.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/27/AR2006122701558.html

    Thanks for nothing. In fact, thanks for less than nothing.

    Posted by: EdA | Apr 8, 2013 12:26:53 AM


  21. @Jean-Jaques VREBIAGE: Congratulations, you are the only one who posts on this site who is a bigger BLOWHARD than Mr Hearn!

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 8, 2013 4:30:16 AM


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    Posted by: POOP | May 9, 2013 1:19:50 PM


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    Posted by: POOP | May 9, 2013 1:19:50 PM


  24. This stuff Is crap

    Posted by: POOP | May 9, 2013 1:19:51 PM


  25. This stuff Is crap

    Posted by: POOP | May 9, 2013 1:19:54 PM


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