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Delaware, USA: One Republican Senator Still Undecided on Marriage Equality Bill

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

DelawareAlthough seven Republicans in the Delaware Senate have confirmed their “no” votes, there’s still one undecided. Lez Get Real reports:

Aides for Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson, Senate Minority Whip Gregory Lavelle, and state Senators Colin Bonini, Gerald Hocker, David Lawson, Ernie Lopez and Brian Pettyjohn have announced they will vote ‘no’. All are Republicans, so this is not surprising. The eighth Republican of the twenty-one state senators, Catherine Cloutier, is still undecided.

If you’re in Delaware, give Senator Cloutier a call!

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Minnesota, USA: GOP Senator Dave Senjem Unsure on Marriage Equality Vote

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Minnesota State Senator Dave SenjemMinnesota’s former Senate majority leader, Dave Senjem, told a newspaper yesterday that he’s not yet sure how he will vote on the marriage equality bill. The Minnesota Post reports:

I am just going to wait until that magic moment and make that decision in a pretty spontaneous way.” The story says: “If he had to vote at this moment, [Senjem] said he would probably vote “no.” But he said he is not sure what he will do when actually confronted with the decision. When he talks to young people, it is clear most of them support gay marriage. He added that attempts to block gay marriage amount to society “standing in front of a freight train.”

Sounds like somebody in Minnesota needs to hear some encouraging calls from marriage equality supporters. Anyone here live up there?

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Maryland, USA: Five-Term Democrat Undecided on Marriage Equality

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Five-Term Democrat Undecided on Marriage Equality in MarylandOn a night the Columbia Democratic Club unanimously passed a resolution supporting marriage equality, Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, who was a guest speaker, remained noncommittal. “This is very difficult for me,” Ruppersberger, a moderate five-term Democrat, said in response to a question from the Blade on his position. “I had supported civil [unions] but there are religious issues [about marriage] that make it hard. But I also have to look at discrimination.” The meeting took place on July 11.

Ruppersberger, who previously did not respond to a Blade survey on the marriage referendum, said he is “moving slowly in the direction you would like” but is undecided at this time. He mentioned that he has sought counsel from a number of constituents as well as his family on both sides of the issue. Among the opponents are African-American pastors from large churches who are “dead set against gay marriage.” He promised to disclose how he would vote when he eventually reached a decision.

Authored By Steve Charing – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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WA: Three Democratic Senators Still on the Fence on Marriage Equality

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Senator Brian Hatfield

Senator Brian Hatfield

THE three Democrats who remain undecided or uncommitted about whether same-sex couples should have the same civil right laws to marry in Washington State.

Senator Mary Margaret Haugen

Senator Mary Margaret Haugen

Only one signature is needed in the state Senate and there will be marriage equality in the State of Washington, creating the only U.S. West Coast destination for legal same-sex marriages.

It is widely expected that the House will pass the measure and it is clear that Gov. Chris Gregione will sign it into law.

The fate of marriage equality on the west Coast is in the hands of Sens. Brian Hatfield, Mary Margaret Haugen and Paull Shinn.

There are also three Republicans who have yet to decide.

Senator Paull Shin

Senator Paull Shin

The latest Senator to commit to yes for equality is Jim Kastama, a conservative democrat who notes Sen. Kastama: “In the interest of gay and lesbian couples in my district and across the state, I will vote yes on the marriage equality legislation before us this session.”

Full Story from Gay USA

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WA: Profiles of Six Undecided Senators on Marriage Equality

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Washington's Undecided Senators on Mariage EqualityWithin the next few months, Washington could become the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage–if just a few more votes can be found in the state legislature.

House Speaker Frank Chopp says he has the necessary votes to move a marriage-equality bill out of his chamber. “I believe the measure will pass the house,” Chopp told The Stranger on January 12. But over in the senate–which, just like the house, is controlled by Democrats–it’s a different story. Over in that chamber, the entire marriage-equality push could collapse.

State senator Ed Murray (D-43), who introduced the bill on January 13, says it’s a nail-biter. “I think we have a very good chance,” Murray says. “But we are not there yet. We could lose. There are a handful of votes we still need.”

Full Story from The Stranger

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NY: Eight Undecided Senators Feeling Pressure on Marriage Equality Vote

Monday, June 13th, 2011

New York's Undecided Senators on Gay MarriageState Senator Greg Ball worries that if he votes to legalize same-sex marriage, his father may never speak to him again.

Senator James S. Alesi is agonized by a constituent’s simple plea: He wants someday to dance at his daughter’s wedding — but cannot, because she is gay.

And Senator Andrew Lanza keeps thinking about the words of his recently deceased mother, who urged him, despite his reservations, to back same-sex weddings. “Be a leader,” she insisted. “Don’t be afraid. Do it.”

Conflicted and uneasy, they are members of a closely watched, endlessly lobbied and emotionally frazzled club in the State Senate these days: the Undecided Eight, whose votes will determine whether New York this year becomes the largest state in the nation to allow gay couples to wed.

Full Story from The New York Times

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President Obama Still “Thinking” About Marriage Equality

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

President Obama has some impressive policy accomplishments when it comes to gay rights, but even though he has presided over the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” has consistently supported a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, and instructed his Justice Department not to defend the law in court, President Obama still has not said that he believes in the right of gay couples to marry. At Tuesday’s White House briefing, I asked Press Secretary Jay Carney why that is.

When last I checked, then-Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the President “thinks a lot” about the issue of same-sex marriage, but that his personal beliefs on the subject had not changed since he told Jake Tapper that those beliefs were evolving. That was in December.

Here’s what Jay Carney had to say today: The fact that Carney didn’t break huge news on this is not surprising (and mine wasn’t the only pitch he wouldn’t swing at today), but what is surprising is that the administration hasn’t come up with a good answer for why the President is taking so long to speak out.

Full Story from Mediaite

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