U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today endorsed marriage equality in a letter posted to her official senate website. Murkowski became the third Republican senator to endorse same-sex marriages with her announcement.
Murkowski joined fellow GOP Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) with her endorsement for marriage equality.
“I am a life-long Republican because I believe in promoting freedom and limiting the reach of government. When government does act, I believe it should encourage family values,” Murkowski wrote. “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 peoples’ lives – while also encouraging more families to form and more adults to make a lifetime commitment to one another.”
Support for marriage equality is at an all-time high, according to a new poll released by The Washington Post / ABC News.
Some 58 percent of Americans now support the right for gay and lesbian couples to marry, but perhaps the most surprising result came from the question, “Do you think being homosexual is something that people choose to be, or do you think it's just the way they are?” Some 62 percent of respondents stated they believed being gay was not a choice.
The poll surveyed 1,001 adults and held a margin of error of 3.5 percent. It was conducted between March 7-10 of this year.