Sen. Claire McCaskill Speaks Out In Support of Gay Marriage
Matt | On 25, Mar 2013
The gay marriage media train is running at full force this week, so be prepared to hear about it a lot in the coming days.
Most recently, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) announced her support of gay marriage in a Tumblr post on Sunday. She was re-elected to the Senate last November in a pretty conservative state.
In her post, the senator explained how she arrived at her new position on gay marriage:
“My views on this subject have changed over time, but 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 said online. [SOURCE]
McCaskill follows her colleague Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) who announced his support of gay marriage earlier this month because he has an adult son who is gay. In addition, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed her support for the cause with a six-minute video released on the Human Rights Campaign’s YouTube page.
This strong stance for marriage equality arrived just on the brink of a major U.S. Supreme Court case to be decided about the constitutionality of Prop 8 in California. The state legislation outlawed gay marriage in the state. Now the highest court in the land will decide whether to uphold it or not. Another case in front of SCOTUS this week is a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA for short.
Decisions on both of these cases should come by the end of June. However, each side is pushing hard for their view to win in court.
In regards to the McCaskill announcement, I’m left wondering “Why announce this now?” In politics, I find myself trying to tie announcements to broader political gains. That doesn’t mean that the senator had a specifically selfish motive for her news. It just seemed to come at an odd time.
Maybe she was trying to get ahead of the Supreme Court’s news so she could show her support independent of their final ruling? I’m unclear.