It appears that things are now moving within the Republican Party with regards to same-sex marriage. The latest to make something of a shift on the subject is Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. While she has stopped short of joining her colleague Mark Begich in endorsing marriage equality, she has signaled a change in her views.
Following an address at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Murkowski stated that she is evolving on the issue saying “The term ‘evolving view’ has been perhaps overused, but I think it is an appropriate term for me to use. I think it’s important to acknowledge that there is a change afoot in this country in terms of how marriage is viewed.”
She went on to say that “It may be that Alaska will come to revisit its position on gay marriage, and as a policy maker I am certainly reviewing that very closely.” She even talked to her sons about tand said “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?’”
Murkowski told Alaska Public Radio that “I think you are seeing a change in attitude, change in tolerance, I guess, and an acceptance that what marriage should truly be about is a lasting, loving, committed relationship with respect to the individual.”
Should she support same-sex marriage, she would join Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. The Republican Senator announced his support for same-sex marriage after many years of opposing it due to his son’s coming out.
Alaska put in place a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage back in 1998.