Skip to comments.Which Republican Senator Will Support Gay Marriage Next? 5 to Watch.
Posted on 04/05/2013 6:48:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
While Senate Democrats are rapidly accepting gay marriageonly seven holdouts remainthat's not the case for their Republican counterparts. Just two GOP senators have come out in support of same-sex marriage this year: Rob Portman of Ohio, who announced his support last month, and Mark Kirk of Illinois, who joined Portman on Tuesday.
But the lonely Portman-Kirk caucus could get some additions soon. Yes, foreseeing a change of positions on gay marriage can be difficult (see: Portman, a longtime opponent of gay marriage who changed positions after his son came out), and many Democratic lawmakers who have made the switch said it was a personal evolution, as well. That said, senators public statements, political situations back home, and personal experiences offer a few clues to who could evolve next.
Here are the five Republicans to watch:
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
What shes said: If theres only one more Republican that flips, its probably going to be Murkowski. She told the Chugiak-Eagle River Star that her views are evolving but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage. "I think it's important to acknowledge that there is a change afoot in this country in terms of how marriage is viewed," she told the paper.
The political calculus: Murkowski indicated that where she falls on gay marriage could depend on where Alaskans stand. The state passed an amendment in 1998 that defines marriage as between a man and woman. But there are signs that its not political suicide to support gay marriage even in a heavily Republican state like Alaska. Her Democratic colleague, Sen. Mark Begich, has come out in favor of gay marriage, and he is up for reelection in 2014.....
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I’m with you!
They all are slowly swishing their way out of the closet.
I hope that if Lisa Murkowski flips, Sarah Palin kicks her butt. Can you imagine Palin and Cruz in the same place.
Murkowski cheated last time. She’s ripe for primary. What a disaster this woman is. Almost as bad as Begich.
Before he sold his soul to the Democrat party, Jesse Jackson apparently said “You can’t grow the species if your sex involves feces.”
LOL! He’s right for once.
All five of them should be ejected from the Republican Party and forced to run as independents next time, especially that bitch Murkowski, who refused to abide by the rules of her party when she was defeated in the primary.
The same one that the GOPe will select to run in 2016 for Pres..
the real issues now are this insane gun grab and the economy...
I’d be very surprised if Palin ran for the Senate. At this point, it would be beneath her.
She already lost her last primary. She’s not a Republican. She was elected as a liberal write-in with Democrat votes.