Republican senator Lisa Murkowski declares support for gay marriage

Lisa MurkowskiRepublican senator Lisa Murkowski has declared support for gay marriage, becoming only the third of 45 Republican senators to do so.

In a statement posted on her website, the native Alaskan senator insisted that support for gay marriage was consistent with her political values:

“With the notion of marriage – an exclusive, emotional, binding ‘til death do you part’ tie – becoming more and more an exception to the rule given a rise in cohabitation and high rates of divorce, why should the federal government be telling adults who love one another that they cannot get married, simply because they happen to be gay? I believe when there are so many forces pulling our society apart, we need more commitment to marriage, not less.”

She continued:

“I support the right of all Americans to marry the person they love and choose because I believe doing so promotes both values: it keeps politicians out of the most private and personal aspects of people’s lives — while also encouraging more families to form and more adults to make a lifetime commitment to one another.”

Murkowski became senator for Alaska in December 2002.

The US Supreme Court is expected to rule shortly on the legality of Californian gay marriage ban Proposition 8 as well as federal law the Defense of Marriage Act which excludes same sex couples from its definition of marriage.

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