Alaska’s Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is currently “evolving” on her stance on gay marriage, which — should she reach the cro magnon phase by this weekend — would make her the second Republican Senator to support the issue after Rob Portman of Ohio “came out” two weeks ago.
“I think it’s important to acknowledge that there is a change afoot in this country in terms of how marriage is viewed,” Murkowski told the Chugiak Eagle River Star. “The term ‘evolving view’ has been perhaps overused, but I think it is an appropriate term for me to use.”
Whereas Portman’s son’s homosexuality was the impetus for his evolution on gay marriage, Murkowski cites her two young sons’ relative “hipness” in her decision-making process.
“I’ve got two young sons who, when I ask them and their friends how they feel about gay marriage, kinda give me one of those looks like, ‘Gosh mom, why are you even asking that question?'”
Murkowski says her position may depend on what her constituents have to say since Alaska passed an amendment to its state constitution in 1998 defining marriage between one man and one woman. U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) supports marriage equality while good ole Rep. Don “‘Wetback’ Backtrack” Young opposes it.
“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,” Murkowski said. “We have so many issues in this country to focus on that worry us, that I question why there is such focus on the simple right of people to love whom they will.”
Well, let’s all just be thankful that Sen. Murkowski doesn’t have to pretend to care what former governor Sarah Palin has to say — if only Fox News felt the same way.