Republican Senator Admits Why He Opposes Marriage Equality: 'I'm Not Gay'

Many Republicans are struggling to come to turns with the growing support for marriage equality, which a new Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals is at an all-time high at 58 percent.

Here's a chart showing the shift in polling on gay marriage since 2004:

AP PhotoSen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), who is set to retire when his term ends at the end of 2014, bluntly told Politico why he's not changing his position on same-sex marriage.

"I'm not gay. So I'm not going to marry one," said Chambliss, asked about his position as part of a piece exploring the position of many Republican Senators on gay marriage following Sen. Rob Portman's (R-OH) recent endorsement.

This isn't the first time blunt language surrounding homosexuality has erupted from Chambliss' corner. Back in September 2010, one of the computers in Chambliss' office was confirmed to have posted the comment "All Faggots must die" on a post by gay rights blogger Joe Jervis.

In February 2010, Chambliss said in a Senate hearing that the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell would open up the military to "alcohol use, adultery, fraternization and body art."

As Andrew Sullivan noted, "Chambliss' public record has been to oppose any and all legislation to grant gay men and lesbians basic civil rights, such as the right to marry. He also opposes the right of gay servicemembers not to lie about their private lives."

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