Friday, March 29, 2013

Celebrity Friday: Sen. McCaskill Supports Marriage Equality

Claire McCaskill, a Democratic United States Senator from a reliably red (Republican) state, has come out publicly in favor of marriage equality, albeit using lower profile social media venues to communicate her position.

On her Tumblr page, Sen. McCaskill says:
The question of marriage equality is a great American debate. Many people, some with strong religious faith, believe that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman. Other people, many of whom also have strong religious faith, believe that our country should not limit the commitment of marriage to some, but rather all Americans, gay and straight should be allowed to fully participate in the most basic of family values.
I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love. While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of their religious beliefs, neither should the government tell people who they have a right to marry.
My views on this subject have changed over time, but 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. 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.
Hat/tip to Chris Geidner of Buzzfeed

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