McCaskill rolls out support for same-sex marriage
March 25th, 2013
10:07 AM ET
2 years ago

McCaskill rolls out support for same-sex marriage

(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri announced her support for same-sex marriage on Monday, joining high-profile names on both sides of the aisle who have endorsed the right for gay couples to legally wed.

"I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love," she wrote on her Tumblr page. "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."

Her public endorsement comes as the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments this week on challenges to Proposition 8, the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban in California, as well as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 congressional law that says for federal purposes, marriage is defined as only between one man and one woman.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman also reversed his stance on the issue and announced his support earlier this month, citing his gay son as a big reason for his change of heart. Last week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also publicly backed the issue.

And in February, a chorus of prominent Republicans, including former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, signed onto an amicus brief that advocated for the Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

McCaskill, who was recently sworn into a second term and is not up for re-election until 2018, says her views have "changed over time"

"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," she wrote, adding that her decision is "simply the right thing to do."

McCaskill was considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats in 2012 but survived re-election after her Republican opponent, Rep. Todd Akin, made controversial comments about rape.

The senator, in posting her announcement, also cited a Bible verse: I Corinthians 13, which says "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

"Good people disagree with me," she wrote. "On the other hand, my children have a hard time understanding why this is even controversial. I think history will agree with my children."

– CNN's Alison Harding contributed to this report.

soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Malcolm H

    How is this news, she is a democrat?

    March 25, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. muchthunder..little rain

    i wonder why she did not roll this out before her election....

    March 25, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Borderless

    The right of gays to marry has always been there. It has always been a freedom implicitly guaranteed by the US Constitution. It is about time we start to recognize it.

    March 25, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Do both parties think we, the people, do not know when we're being pandered to?

    March 25, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    muchthunder..little rain

    i wonder why she did not roll this out before her election....
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    Maybe for the same reason that Republicans didn't support immigrant reform before they were delivered an enlightenment last November.

    March 25, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. lottie

    That's right she is a democrat. What is surprizing is the number of republicans that have finally seen the light. Hum 2014 anyone????

    March 25, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. SkokieMick

    @Malcolm, it's news because she's a MISSOURI democrat.

    March 25, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    lottie

    What is surprizing is the number of republicans that have finally seen the light. Hum 2014 anyone????
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    don't give them too much credit....yet. When it comes time to vote on something that shows they've "seen the light" and they vote to contradict years of hate and bigotry...THEN we can say they've seen the light. Until then, no

    March 25, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. lanchealot

    So as the Country runs down the path to immoral bliss, pretty soon it is going to hit a bump and come crashing down.

    March 25, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. NO SUPRISES HERE

    WOW, a liberal mid west Democratic is for gay marriage. What's next, she will be for taxpayers paying for abortions Ans birth control medicine? How about, free health care paid for by taxpayers. How about, more government waste paid for by taxpayers.

    When a Democratic speaks, who is listening anyway? Other Democratics of course.

    So why is this news?

    March 25, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. lanchealot

    As the Country runs down the path to immoral bliss, pretty soon it is going to hit a bump and crash in to a Tree.

    March 25, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. rs

    Rather than worry about McCaskill and Gay Rights, when is the GOP going to disavow Akin and Rapists' Rights. They are still pumping out the anti-babotion/anti-birth control?life begins at the bedroom door handle laws.

    March 25, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Darryl

    Don't be fooled by the republicans on same sex marriage and their support for it at all. They will do ANYTHING and say ANYTHING to get back in the White House. It's all about control and they will never get over the loss of the last 2 Presidential elections. The SCOTUS has NO choice but to give recognition and protect all society from supression and liberty and freedom to whom they can marry. Same sex marriage will prevail across the entire United States just as religion has done so in this country.

    March 25, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    @NO SUPRISES HERE: "When a Democratic speaks, who is listening anyway? Other Democratics of course. "

    Because you listened (and responded), by your own definition you are a Democrat.

    March 25, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. ThinkAgain

    @NO SUPRISES HERE: Just an FYI: Missouri isn't in the Midwest (those states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). Missouri is part of the Old South.

    Oh, and "surprises" is spelled with two Rs.

    March 25, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. muchthunder..little rain

    oh clairabel will say or do anything to get elected.... ..then crawdad back to the far left where she always ends up... ..and please dont quote the bible,.it make you look bad...

    March 25, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. ST

    You republicans should stop your hypocrites. When it comes to clinging to your guns, you say it is your right. What about those who want to be together with those they love? Isn't it their right????

    March 25, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. mikie 2000

    She forgot Leviticus 18:22..; "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." Another political hack...anything for a vote.

    March 25, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. Ferret out the BS

    @No Surprise, maybe you should try listening to both sides of all issues then perhaps you'll be informed, instead of just hearing what you want to hear.

    March 25, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. rla

    Why is civil unions not acceptable since the gay community was never recognized as a group to receive church marrages? Seems like they are just horning in on something that was never their in the first place including the Declaration?// The founder would be appalled at this turn of events. Like so many progressive things that are passed -fail and more are passed??? The progressive philosophy is why the nation is near economic collapse, moral decline is evident and they persist in being the most devisive group ever invented!

    March 25, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. The Clear Thinking Independent

    If Republican, Conservatives, etc. hold up the Constitution as the holy grail, would one of you please give me a cogent explaination of how you defend excluding gays from from all the rights [tax rates, property transfer & ownership,hospital visitation] is Constitutional? You can`t. You NEVER could! It is for this reason that the GOP is widely viewed as being hypocritical and not worthy of TRUST. Even after the GOP bends to the political momentum NO ONE should give them points for integrity because ultimately they were FORCED to follow the Constitution which they claim guides every beat of ther hearts. Democrats are the true Constitutionalists!

    March 25, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. nothing new here

    The government needs to get OUT of the bedroom business, period.
    Enough is enough.

    March 25, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Al-NY,NY

    rla

    The progressive philosophy is why the nation is near economic collapse, moral decline is evident and they persist in being the most devisive group ever invented!
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    Chicken Little speaks.....uh oh...there goes a host of locusts, and frogs are dropping from the sky

    March 25, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    ThinkAgain

    @NO SUPRISES HERE: Just an FYI: Missouri isn't in the Midwest (those states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). Missouri is part of the Old South
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    You might want to think again, ThinkAgain... or at least proofread your posts.

    March 25, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Jharris

    People can believe that certain people should have rights, but it doesn't mean they have to personally agree. Some people don't like or agree with interracial marriage, but at the same time those people don't believe there should be laws against people of the same race getting married. I see marriage in my own viewpoint as between a man and woman, but if two men and two women want to get married, that is their choice and i am not going to stop them neither should the government. People don't realize that all of this is about money and control. Businesses and healthcare industries are going to gain more money if more people get married. THe government is going to get more tax dollars if a couple is married. They don't really care about marriage on equality issue or whether it is right or wrong. People are sheeple and don't see it.

    March 25, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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