2nd GOP Senator Might Embrace Gay Marriage

Lisa Murkowski says her views 'evolving'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 28, 2013 6:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Plenty of Senate Democrats have announced their support of gay marriage in recent weeks, but so far only Rob Portman has done so on the Republican side. That might soon change: Alaska's Lisa Murkowski tells the Chugiak-Eagle River Star that her view is "evolving." Murkowski has voted in the past to define marriage as a union of man and woman, notes Politico, but like many of the other politicians having second thoughts, she cites the influence of her kids:

  • "I've got two young sons who, when I ask them and their friends how they feel about gay marriage, kinda give me one of those looks like, 'Gosh mom, why are you even asking that question?'"
She says she's still not ready to declare a flip in position, however. "It may be that Alaska will come to revisit its position on gay marriage, and as a policy maker I am certainly revieiwing that very closely."

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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