Former Sen. Snowe supports gay marriage

3:34 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Former Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine says she voted for Maine's gay marriage referendum.

The Republican known for moderate social views said Friday that views on same-sex marriage have evolved, largely due to initiatives in states.

In a statement, she told The Associated Press that "it is only natural for our representative government to be responsive to those changes." She said that's why she voted in support of Maine's referendum allowing same-sex couples to wed. The law went into effect in late December.

Snowe first announced her stance in a CNN interview.

Her successor, independent Sen. Angus King, also supports gay marriage. Maine's other senator, Republican Susan Collins, calls herself "a champion" on equal rights for gays and lesbians but doesn't openly support gay marriage.

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