The Washington Post

Sen. Claire McCaskill announces support for same-sex marriage

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) announced her support for same-sex marriage Sunday — on the social media web site Tumblr, just above her frittata recipe.

Then she tweeted the link to her Tumblr post, along with its heading, the Bible verse from I Corinthians 13: “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) autographs a Captain America figure for a young boy in her old Kansas City neighborhood during a November 2012 campaign stop. (Diana Reese for The Washington Post) Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) autographs a Captain America figure for a young boy in her old Kansas City neighborhood during a November 2012 campaign stop. (Diana Reese for The Washington Post)

“I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love,” McCaskill wrote on Tumblr. “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.”

McCaskill joins a number of other prominent Democrats who have endorsed same-sex marriage; just last Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she supported gay marriage, fueling speculation she would run for president in 2016.

McCaskill announced her decision two days before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in the first of two cases on gay marriage.

As a Democrat from a conservative state, McCaskill has tried to walk a fine line on the issue in the past. In 2004, she did oppose Missouri’s state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage but said it was unnecessary as state law already made it illegal. Last May after President Barack Obama’s announcement supporting same-sex marriage, the senator said she favored civil unions but that the issue of same-sex marriage should be left up to individual states.

At that time, she was running for reelection in a race that many figured would go to the Republicans — until her opponent, former Rep. Todd Akin made his infamous legitimate rape comment.

In her Tumblr post, McCaskill admitted her views had “changed over time,” explaining, “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. 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.”

McCaskill continued, saying “good people” would disagree with her, but her children “have a hard time understanding why this is even controversial. I think history will agree with my children,” she concluded.

As more and more people support same-sex marriage, I suspect McCaskill’s children will be proven right.

Diana Reese is a freelance journalist in Overland Park, Kan. Follow her on Twitter at @dianareese.

Diana Reese is a journalist in Overland Park, Kan. Follow her on Twitter at @dianareese.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Comments
Show Comments
The Republicans debate Saturday night. The New Hampshire primary is on Feb. 9. Get caught up on the race.
Heading into the next debate...
Donald Trump returns to the Republican presidential debate stage Saturday night. Marco Rubio arrives as a sudden star, but fending off ferocious attacks from his rivals. Still glowing from his Iowa victory, Ted Cruz is trying to consolidate conservative support, while Ben Carson is struggling to avoid being typecast as the dead man walking.
Listen
Play Video
New Hampshire polling averages
Donald Trump holds a commanding lead in the next state to vote.
New Hampshire polling averages
Polling in New Hampshire has typically been volatile after Iowa's caucuses, but Bernie Sanders, from its neighboring state Vermont, has been holding a lead over Hillary Clinton.
55% 38%
Listen
Play Video
Upcoming debates
Feb. 6: GOP debate

on ABC News, in Manchester, N.H.

Feb. 11: Democratic debate

on PBS, in Wisconsin

Feb 13: GOP debate

on CBS News, in South Carolina

Campaign 2016
State of the race

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.