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Two more Senate Democrats comment on gay marriage, but hold back on support

Friday, April 5, 2013

Two more U.S. Senators weighed in on the issue of same-sex marriage on Friday, but unlike the ten previous announcements by Senate colleagues, neither expressed their public support of marriage equality.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said Friday that she personally supports marriage equality for gay couples, but that she would not take a public position in support same-sex marriage because of opposition among her constituents.

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Mary Lanrieu (D-La.)

Landrieu told CNN on Friday that she personally believes “people should love who they love and marry who they want to marry,” but that her obligation rests with the people of Louisiana who elected her.

“My state has a very strong constitutional amendment not only against gay marriage but against gay partnerships. So I’m looking at the people of Louisiana trying to represent their interests,” she said.

Also Friday, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, one of three remaining Senate Democrats who have not yet expressed support for marriage equality, responding to KFSM-TV, said, “I would put me down in the undecided category.”

Earlier in the day, freshman Democratic senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota joined the growing chorus of lawmakers to publicly support same-sex marriage.

In separate statements released minutes apart on Friday, the senators said their views on the issue had evolved. They joined a rapidly growing list of senators who support gay marriage and the list now includes 49 Democrats, two independents who caucus with Democrats and two Republicans.

In less than two weeks, ten Senate Democrats have announced their support for same-sex marriage — two remaining Democrats, Sens. Tim Johnson of South Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have yet to take a position.

Among Republicans, only two senators, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Rob Portman of Ohio, have announced their support for gay marriage.

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    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 4:58pm
  2. Politicians are weasels, in general. They either want us to believe that they have had an epiphany and now fully support the gay community-yeah,right,like it isn’t all about self interest for most of these types, about fooling the American people into believing that the GOP is now loving the idea of inclusion and equality for the American gay community for any other reason than for show-or they are too scared to fully support us and actually do anything to show that support. Like initiate or promote legislation to make us equal American citizens on a Federal level. But our “leaders” don’t just do this shit with the gay community, they do it with every issue. Not a one of ‘em is much more than a self serving ass covering hypocrite who sway with the wind and are be bought and sold by anyone with some cash. That is from Mr. Obama on down, with a very few exceptions. Sorry if this is harsh, but I have not seen any reason in the past thirty years or so to have any other opinion.

    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 5:07pm
  3. She was elected to LEAD not to be led. She is all worried about her JOB!

    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 5:12pm
  4. Mary Landrieu voted AGAINST the Healthcare bill, she IS NOT in Congress to improve the lives of the citizens of the United States! Anderson Cooper even had to call her out on the lies she told after Hurricane Katrina!!! So why should we expect her to support LGBT Americans? She’s a disgrace!!! Vote her out of office!

    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 5:30pm
  5. Indecision IS her decision. The polls will speak loudly WITH a decision. Good Luck, Mary.

    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:24pm
  6. no guts, no glory

    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:34pm
  7. Cowards

    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:56pm
  8. You are so wrong JeanLuc

    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:58pm
  9. The backbone of a jellyfish.

    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 7:11pm
  10. Penny C. Nicholas: Senator Mary Landrieu already has a few who are throwing their hats in the ring for 2014. Unfortunately, one of the most likely to win (if Landrieu does get voted out), is extremely conservative US Congressman Bill Cassidy, a staunch conservative, who would be far worse than continuing to work with Landrieu.

    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 8:25pm
  11. The Republicans are worse than the Democrats, and they’ve much less likely to give us the equality we demand. Better off to stick with Democrats, even though they are being somewhat held back by being from extremely conservative states, and work with them to show courage by ultimately doing the right thing.

    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 8:27pm
  12. Watch it!!! Even if we replace Landrieu, there is no guarantee that we won’t end up with a GOP conservative, which would be even worse. Better to follow events and see whom she actually faces in a runoff next year, and the take “the lesser of two evils”, if that’s what we have to do. I believe Senator Mary Landrieu can be ultimately persuaded to do the right thing, and maybe just needs a little more time to “evolve”, as other politicians on both sides have demonstrated.

    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 8:30pm
  13. Hi Sonny Bellotte: As the tide has turned, may a wave bring to the shore a senator from Louisiana who will vote for laws that will protect those people who continue to be treated like 2nd-class citizens. I’m hopeful that this Cassidy fella will follow the republican script and cause his own demise. This out-and-proud-straight-mom of a wonderful lesbian hopes self-centered politicians will be wipe-outs!

    Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 8:38pm
  14. Meh we still got over half so we are still safe.

    Posted on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 9:19am