On Sunday night, Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill made a public statement on her tumblr in support of marriage equality, titled “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13.”
In the four paragraph post, in which McCaskill called marriage equality a “great American debate,” she declares that, “Gay and straight should be allowed to fully participate in the most basic of family values.”
McCaskill has supported same-sex civil unions in the past, but not marriage equality.
She cites her friends and family as influential forces in her shift, writing, “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.”
She also says that it is not the government’s responsibility to decide whether or not same-sex couples can get married.
“I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love.” She continues, “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.”
“Good people disagree with me. On the other hand, my children have a hard time understanding why this is even controversial. I think history will agree with my children.”
McCaskill had run for governor in 2004, saying then that she opposed gay marriage, but also opposed a state constitutional amendment to ban it, saying a provision in state law was sufficient.
“As we have seen with the President, our own Sen. Claire McCaskill has evolved on marriage equality. We are proud to have her represent fair minded Missourians in the Senate,” said Executive Director of Missouri LGBT organization PROMO, A.J. Bockelman, in a press release obtained by 429Magazine.
Other high-profile politicians announced their support of gay marriage in recent weeks. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, also said it is time for marriage equality.