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Lisa Murkowski Becomes Third U.S. Senate Republican to Endorse Marriage Equality

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has come out in support of marriage equality, HRC reports:

MurkowskiToday 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.”

Murkowski spoke to Anchorage's KTUU:

“This is a hard issue … because marriage is such a deeply personal issue. There may be some that when they hear the position that I hold that are deeply disappointed. There may be some who embrace the decision that I have made. I recognize that it is an area that, as a Republican, I will be criticized for,” she said in the KTUU interview.

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  1. (Applause)
    Politicians such as Lisa Murkowski are leading the tide of change. There is no hope or room for the small minded politician in today's society. I don't care which party you are affiliated with smallmindedness will close more and more doors, as society becomes more and more apt to change.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jun 19, 2013 10:54:08 AM

  2. Thank you Senator Murkowski!

    And let's cue the nasty, divisive, and partisan hatred that Murkowski didn't do this fast enough, or for the wrong reason, or not strong enough, in 3...2...1...

    Posted by: seattle_2013 | Jun 19, 2013 10:58:24 AM

  3. good for her. werk.

    although it's galling that there are only THREE, eh?

    i mean, come ON folks. yeeesh.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 19, 2013 11:02:16 AM

  4. She's ahead of her time. How very tragic that she is in a tiny minority. Now she will see who's really who in the GOP by their reaction to her decision.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 19, 2013 11:20:35 AM

  5. I'll bet the Republican Party is sorry they tried to dump Lisa in her last reelection bid. She won her seat as a write in candidate.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 19, 2013 11:48:28 AM

  6. Though I am not a Republican, I admire Ms. Murkowski's ability to get her seat back from a Tea Party nutcase, which was a turning point in the evolution (de-evolution?) of the Tea Party - she, like Olympia Snow of Maine is of a class of Republicans that are few in Congress - fiscally conservative but socially progressive.

    I recently met a woman at a party - an engineer, PhD in her mid-30s who later identified as a Republican though she really didn't use that word, and she was very angry at how the party has changed because of the influence of the religious right. She called herself fiscally conservative but socially liberal. She's an educated person. There are probably more of these folks out there that we are led to believe - it must be very disconcerting to see one's political affiliation highjacked as has been.

    Posted by: Kevin-in-Honolulu | Jun 19, 2013 11:56:56 AM

  7. the thing what that Kevin, is that despite how "fiscally conservative yet socially liberal" is that if one is actually fiscally conservative it makes no sense at all to vote Republican. because their fiscal plans in no way benefit the country. or its citizens. or result in job creation.

    it's a buzz-term that sounds great, until you actually look at the facts.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 19, 2013 12:05:59 PM

  8. If the issue ever comes up in front of Congress, I think it'd likely get the two north east Republican Senators to jump on board too....Collins and Ayotte. I don't see them going out on a limb though

    Posted by: Jesse | Jun 19, 2013 12:06:41 PM

  9. I wonder if Murkowski's annoucement will have any effect on marriage equality in her state? Alaskans, by and large, seem to be more libertarian than far right religious. After all, they did re-elect Murkowski as a write-in candidate, rejecting a tea party Republican to do so. And I wonder if Murkowski herself will lend her influence to the LGBT equality fight in Alaska?

    Posted by: Jere | Jun 19, 2013 12:51:32 PM

  10. How many senators are on board now? I've forgotten the count

    Posted by: Dw | Jun 19, 2013 1:53:10 PM

  11. @ Dw. The count stands at 3.

    Posted by: Howard | Jun 19, 2013 2:03:42 PM

  12. Fiscal Conservative & Social Liberal = Libertarian

    Supporting same-sex marriage in the party platform since the early 1990s.

    Posted by: StSebastian | Jun 19, 2013 4:31:25 PM

  13. @Dw and Howard: 3 Republicans, 49 Democrats and 2 Independents. A total of 54 Senators I believe.

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 19, 2013 8:07:32 PM

  14. Libertarian = Rugged Individualist = Anarchist.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 19, 2013 8:43:41 PM

  15. She could sell an Eskimo snow with that smile.

    Posted by: Beebs | Jun 19, 2013 11:27:07 PM

  16. Beautiful! thank you Lisa!

    Andrew is UFFDA people. Both trolls.

    Posted by: Alejandro | Jun 20, 2013 12:41:37 AM

  17. wonder what palin has to say

    Posted by: Andy | Jun 20, 2013 1:04:45 AM

  18. Hmmm. Murkowski's statement seems to be causing some ripples. Business Insider said it was the "best" defense of gay marriage they've seen. I assume they mean from the conservative POV because while I appreciate her new position it also contain her belief that "rights come from God," which isn't my cup of tea.

    Personally I favor "History tells us there have always been gay people, science and common sense tells us there will always BE gay people, so get the fvck over it! And what your moldy religious tome or religious leader has to say about it is beside the point in a pluralistic secular society."

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 20, 2013 12:16:48 PM

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