Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican congresswoman from Florida, has officially confirmed that she supports marriage equality, making her the first Republican member of Congress to do so.
Ros-Lehtinen was the only Republican co-sponsor of legislation to repeal DOMA, but she officially confirmed to the Washington Blade this week that this does, in fact, make her a proponent of marriage equality (since repealing DOMA and supporting same-sex marriage are definitely not the same thing). An excerpt from the interview transcript:
Washington Blade: Just to be clear, are you a supporter of same-sex marriage?
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Well, I co-sponsored the repeal of DOMA.
Blade: But does that make you a supporter of same-sex marriage?
Ros-Lehtinen: I don’t know why you’re asking that. It’s such a weird way.
Blade: President Obama for a long time didn’t support same-sex marriage, but supported DOMA repeal.
Ros-Lehtinen: Oh, yeah. I am. I thought you were trying to get some tricky thing here. No I am.
Ros-Lehtinen has officially endorsed Mitt Romney for the 2012 election, but this does position her somewhat differently in the grand scheme of Congress. Hopefully some more people of Congress can step forward with similar support.
Nah, she’s still crazy: ask her about Castro and you’ll find out.