(L to R) Susan Collins, Rob Portman, Lisa Murkowski, Mark Kirk

Susan Collins becomes 4th senator to support marriage equality

 

“A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,” Collins told the Bangor Daily News. “Nearly 44 percent of Americans live in a state where same-sex couples can be legally married, and I believe this number will only continue to grow.”

Here are the other three republican senators who support gay marriage

Rob Portman — Ohio

“I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to get married,” Portman wrote in an op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch. “That isn’t how I’ve always felt. As a congressman, and more recently as a senator, I opposed marriage for same-sex couples. Then something happened that led me to think through my position in a much deeper way.”

Lisa Murkowski — Alaska

“I didn’t just wake up and say: ‘Oh my gosh I’m going to do this. No, it’s something that I’ve been giving a lot of thought to over a long period of time,” Murkowski told media outlets. “I am a life-long Republican because I believe in promoting freedom and limiting the reach of government. When government does act, I believe it should encourage family values. I support the right of all Americans to marry the person they love and choose because I believe doing so promotes both values: it keeps politicians out of the most private and personal aspects of peoples’ lives – while also encouraging more families to form and more adults to make a lifetime commitment to one another.”

Mark Kirk — Illinois

“When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others,” wrote in a press release. “Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this Earth is limited, I know that better than most.  Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back — government has no place in the middle.”