Murkowski joins with the comical stampede of Democrats simultaneously evolving on gay marriage.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Wednesday that her views on gay marriage are “evolving,” but stopped short of endorsing it.

“The term ‘evolving view’ has been perhaps overused, but I think it is an appropriate term for me to use,” she said in an address at the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, according to the Chugiak-Eagle River Star.

Murkowski elaborated on her stance to Alaska Public Radio. “I think you are seeing a change in attitude, change in tolerance, I guess, and an acceptance that what marriage should truly be about is a lasting, loving, committed relationship with respect to the individual,” she said. Her comments came on the same day as the Supreme Court heard arguments challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Murkowski’s openness toward same-sex marriage is unusual among members of her caucus, save for Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who recently expressed his support after his son came out as gay. But most Senate Republicans remain opposed. When Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), for instance, was recently asked about his position, he responded by saying, “I’m not gay, so I’m not going to marry one.”

Nine Senate Democrats remain publicly opposed to same-sex marriage as well.

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