One of the three remaining democratic Senate holdouts on marriage equality, Arkansas’ Senator Mark Pryor, clarified his stance yesterday – it’s a no. Towleroad.com reports:
“I am opposed to gay marriage,” he said in an e-mail. “In the interview with KFSM done on April 5, I also discussed whether gay couples should receive benefits if they work for the federal government. On the benefits issue, I said to ‘put me down in the undecided category.’ By that I meant that, depending on what the U.S. Supreme Court decides, I will evaluate whether federal benefits should be available to gay couples. Of course, I will consider the impact any extension of benefits would have on the federal budget.”
Meanwhile, a GOP Senator whom many had thought might be the next one to endorse marriage equality is firmly on the fence, for now. Towleroad.com reports:
“My view is the same that it’s always been,” Collins told The Huffington Post. “I think this is a matter of state law.” Collins, a moderate Republican up for reelection in 2014, said states have traditionally handled family law and should continue to do so. She noted that she voted twice, in 2004 and in 2006, against federal constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage because, “I believe it should be left up to the states.”
One of the, by now standard squishy positions.