Sen. Susan Collins expresses support for same-sex marriage
June 25th, 2014
08:53 PM ET
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Sen. Susan Collins expresses support for same-sex marriage

(CNN) - Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, indicated her support Wednesday for same-sex-marriage, becoming the fourth sitting Republican senator to do so.

“A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,” Collins said according to the Bangor Daily News in response to one of its reporter's questions.

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She joins Republican Sens. Mark Kirk of Illinois, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rob Portman of Ohio in expressing support for the marriage equality movement.

A moderate voice in the GOP, Collins is up for re-election this year, which she is expected to win.

Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 U.S states and the District of Columbia.

A major gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, also threw its support on Wednesday behind the incumbent Republican's re-election.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. ja

    It just political expediency, the GOP, should stand up for the Affordable Care Act, most claim Christianity, and Christ was about healing the least of, suddenly all is for same sex marriage, and down on the law of the land (Affordable Care Act)

    June 25, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Liz the First

    Another republican coming to their senses. miracles do happen. don't see how true conservatives can be against gays getting married. it creates more stable families and provides more business for the wedding industry. and conservatives are always spouting off about liberty and personal freedom. seems like they really mean liberty and freedom to do what they approve of and nothing else. hope the SCOTUS finally puts this issue to rest once and for all and decides government has no business discriminating against its citizens.

    June 25, 2014 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |

    Yea anything to kill normal order makes for right ? Just a way 4 dems to say life sux . thx .

    June 25, 2014 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |

    judge wisely your predator approach buddy . And watch your tactics my friend . lol .

    June 25, 2014 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. Thomas

    And solar energy is clean energy .

    June 26, 2014 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  6. Adnerb

    Same sex marriage promotes the buying and selling of children. Children are not considered to have any right to a mom and a dad. They may be unable to ever locate half of their families through the deliberate arrangements of their caregivers.

    With same sex marriage, children exist only to fulfill the desires of adults. There is an assumption that children will adopt the attitude of their caregivers, but this is not necessarily the case.

    Adults can love the children all they want, but the fact is that adults deliberately deny children a mother or a father for the sake of themselves. This is not loving and it cannot be compared with divorce. At least the children of divorce can locate both sides of their families. Same sex marriage is about adult desire masquerading as equality. It should eventually be abolished because children are not commodity items to be bought and sold.

    June 26, 2014 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Everybody's bending now that it's election year.... It's a good thing. But I question all of their motives. They have been adamantly against everything and now all of a sudden a complete 180.

    June 26, 2014 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  8. Marie MD

    It's a fact of live. People of the same sex love each other and they want to get married.
    I know of same sex partner unions which have lasted much longer than the average man/woman marriage.
    Life is short . . . . . be happy!

    June 26, 2014 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  9. vikingwoman

    Wow, a non-T-Party GOP! She's practically an extinct species, but more power to her & others in her party like her! Human rights for all is in progress & continues forward!!

    June 26, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Sen. Collins must be the third or fourth Republican Senator to come out in "support" of same sex marriage. It is not a matter of changing your opinion on the subject. it's a matter or coming to the realization that you have no right to define the limits of someone else's happiness. You cannot claim to want liberty for yourself while restricting it for someone else without being called a hypocrite.

    June 26, 2014 08:14 am at 8:14 am |