GOP Senator from Alaska says her views on same-sex marriage are ‘evolving’

EAGLE RIVER, Alaska — Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska’s senior U.S. senator, said Wednesday that she is reviewing her stance on gay marriage.

The Chugiak-Eagle Star reported that Murkowski said her views on marriage equality are “evolving” after years of opposing it, but said her position may depend on what she hears from her constituents in Alaska.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

“I think it’s important to acknowledge that there is a change afoot in this country in terms of how marriage is viewed,” said Murkowski, who has in the past voted to support proposed constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

In 1998, Alaska voters passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

“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,” she said.

Murkowski said she questions why there is such focus “on the simple right of people to love whom they will.”

Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat from Alaska, said that he supports marriage equality, but Alaska Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young does not.

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