Acknowleding the sea change in America on same-sex marriage, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) on Wednesday said her own views on the issue are also “evolving.”
“The term ‘evolving view’ has been perhaps overused, but I think it is an appropriate term for me to use,” Murkowski said, according to the Chugiak-Eagle River Star. The senior Alaska senator has previously expressed opposition to gay nuptials.
She added that her state may ultimately revisit the issue at some point and that she’s evaluating her own position “very closely.” In 1998, Alaska passed a constitutional amendment that defined 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 revieiwing that very closely,” Murkowski said.
Murkowski seemed to suggested that her two young sons have inspired her to moderate on same-sex marriage — emblematic of the views held by most young Americans on the issue.
“I’ve got two young sons who, when I ask them and their friends how they feel about gay marriage, kinda give me one of those looks like, ‘Gosh mom, why are you even asking that question?'” she said.
Alaska’s other senator, Mark Begich, said this week that he supports gay marriage, joining a parade of Democrats who have reversed their previous opposition.