Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski Is ‘Evolving’ On Same-Sex Marriage

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said this week that her views on same-sex marriage are “evolving”:

MURKOWSKI: The term ‘evolving view’ has been perhaps overused, but I think it is an appropriate term for me to use… 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… 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.

Listen to it (via Alaska Public Radio):

Indeed, the term “evolving” has been used by the likes of President Obama and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), both of whom eventually came out for full marriage equality. Similarly, Alaska’s other Senator, Mark Begich (D), endorsed same-sex marriage earlier this week.


Murkowski has a mixed voting record on LGBT issues. In 2004, she voted in support of the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have added a ban on same-sex marriage to the U.S. Constitution, but in 2010, she voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the ban on gay, lesbian, and bisexual military servicemembers.