Claire McCaskill: Marriage equality ‘is simply the right thing to do for our country’
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) took to the online platform Tumblr to voice her support for marriage equality on Sunday, saying it was getting harder for her to not do so, The Springfield News-Leader reported.
“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,” McCaskill said in her post. “Supporting marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples is simply the right thing to do for our country, a country founded on the principals of liberty and equality.”
McCaskill published the post, titled “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love,” after Corinthians 13:13 in the Bible, two days before the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments regarding Proposition 8, the California law banning same-sex marriages. President Barack Obama’s administration has urged the high court to strike down both Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
McCaskill also acknowledged that her support for marriage equality also represents a slight shift from her stance during her re-election campaign against Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO). Though she opposed a 2004 state constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying, she supported civil unions instead of full marriage equality.
“Good people disagree with me,” she said. “On the other hand, my children have a hard time understanding why this is even controversial. I think history will agree with my children.”
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