Two of the four remaining Democratic Senate hold-outs on marriage equality issued statements, but stopped short of an endorsement. First, Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu. LGBTQ Nation reports:
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. 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.
The very dictionary definition of “chickenshit”. Of course, we expected no less from her – she’s one of the Democrats in Name Only, and has been a disappointment going back to Hurricane Katrina, if not earlier.
Next up, Arkansas’ Senator Mark Prior.
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.”
At least he’s keeping an open mind.
And an ex-GOP Senator came out for marriage equality too – a year too late. The Huffington Post reports:
“I think obviously this has evolved over time on the whole issue for the whole country and the nations,” Snowe, a moderate Republican, told CNN. “We’ve seen a sea change in society’s whole attitude on this particular issue and it’s only natural for government to be responsive to those changes.”
But better late than never.
And Dan Amira and Jonathan Chait look at the Final Four on the Dems side:
Well, Jon, it’s been a crazy month, but today, after Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp dropped out of the tournament, we’re down to the Final Four: Mark Pryor, Joe Manchin, Tim Johnson, and Mary Landrieu. The moderate powerhouses are the only remaining Democratic senators who haven’t come out in support of gay marriage — but only one can be the last Democratic senator not to support gay marriage. Let’s take a look at the field. Landrieu is an interesting case, don’t you think? You could argue she should have been knocked out last week.
Who do you think will be next?