mccaskillAs the Supreme Court prepares to rule on a pair on cases relating to same-sex marriage, another prominent US Senator has expressed support for marriage equality, again citing religious faith.

Claire McCaskill, Democrat from Missouri, released a statement on her Tumblr page that began with a verse from Corinthians:

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13

She went on:

The question of marriage equality is a great American debate. Many people, some with strong religious faith, believe that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman. Other people, many of whom also have strong religious faith, believe that our country should not limit the commitment of marriage to some, but rather all Americans, gay and straight should be allowed to fully participate in the most basic of family values.

I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love. 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’s announcement arrives a week after her Republican colleague, Ohio’s Rob Portman, publicly expressed his support for marriage equality after learning that his son is gay. Portman, too, spoke of faith in his announcement.

Last week, BuzzFeed reported on some moderate Democratic senators who have not taken a position on same-sex marriage given the makeup of their districts, this despite a recent study showing that lawmakers believing that their constituents as being more conservative on gay issues than they actually are in reality.

In fact, another new poll shows a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage, with a staggering 70% of 18-32 year olds believing it should be legal. The New York Times profiled young conservative activists who aren’t fazed by this data, claiming that support for abortion rights was once viewed as inevitable, too, but even 40 years after Roe, the nation remains split.

Categories: Beliefs

Michael J. O'Loughlin

Michael J. O'Loughlin

Michael J. O’Loughlin writes about religion and politics from Washington, D.C., paying close attention to the role of the Catholic Church in public life. His writing has appeared in Religion & Politics, the Jesuit magazine America, on, and in Duke Divinity School’s Faith & Leadership.


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