Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss
voluntarily denied that he's gay when asked whether his stance on gay
marriage had changed.
Chambliss, a Republican, was asked
about the issue following the recent endorsements of former Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton and Ohio Senator Rob Portman, the first GOP
senator to buck the party's official position.
“I'm not gay,” Chambliss, who is
not seeking reelection in 2014, told POLITICO.com.
“So I'm not going to marry one.”
Other lawmakers opposed to marriage
equality interviewed for the story said those endorsements by Clinton
and Portman had not swayed them on the issue, either.
“I'm still not supportive of it,”
said Senator Mark Pryor, a Democrat from Arkansas, who added that he
also backs the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said
he was “with South Carolina.”
“I believe in traditional marriage,
between a man and a woman, without animosity,” Graham said. “I
don't mind if people are able to transfer their property, visit their
loved ones in hospitals, but marriage to me, I've stayed with the
concept of traditional marriage.”
“I believe in traditional, historic
and the religious nature of marriage,” said Kentucky Senator Rand