Monday, March 25, 2013

Sen. Claire McCaskill announces support for gay marriage

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Claire McCaskill supports marriage equality.
  • Claire McCaskill supports marriage equality.
The same week the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a gay marriage case, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill has announced that she supports marriage equality. On her Tumblr page, McCaskill wrote a post saying her feelings about gay marriage had shifted.

In the post titled after a Bible passage in Corinthians ("And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love"), McCaskill wrote, "I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love."

McCaskill joins a growing number of high-profile political people who recently announced their backing for gay marriage, including HIllary Clinton, who made her support known a week ago in an online video. Also last week, a Washington Post-ABC poll found that support for gay marriage had reached an all-time high at 58 percent. In her announcement, McCaskill wrote that, like the president, her views on gay marriage had changed, and that history probably won't look kindly on politicians who fight marriage equality.

"My views on this subject have changed over time, but as many of my gay and lesbian friends, colleagues and staff embrace long-term committed relationships, I find myself unable to look them in the eye without honestly confronting this uncomfortable inequality. Supporting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is simply the right thing to do for our country, a country founded on the principals [sic] of liberty and equality.

Good people disagree with me. On the other hand, my children have a hard time understanding why this is even controversial. I think history will agree with my children," she wrote.

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