Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Ten Dem Senators Who Won't Back Gay Marriage
Update: April 1...Not an April fool joke. Sen. Bob Casey flips on gay marraige and now he supports it. You can compare the date of this update to the date of this article that states he flipped. I'm still not voting for him any time in the future.
In scouting articles about this week's hearings with SCOTUS and gay marriage, I found this interesting article about ten senators who are democrats who won't back gay marriage.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) backs civil unions but not gay marriage.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) continues to back DOMA, in addition to opposing same-sex marriage.
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) has not publicly come out in support of marriage equality, although she did oppose North Carolina's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) believes marriage is between a man and a woman.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) supported allowing states to decide what to do about marriage but did not take a position beyond that.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has mostly shied away from discussing gay marriage in public, offering only her support for people's right to "love who they love."
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) opposes DOMA and co-signed an amicus brief last much that urged the Supreme Court to invalidate Section 3 of that law. But the senator has yet to endorse same-sex marriage as a legal right.
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) does not support same-sex marriage.
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) opposed same-sex marriage during the campaign. His office said it would send offer a statement of explanation for his current position, though it hadn't done so by the time of publication.
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) does not support same-sex marriage.
The article goes on to talk about those who have recently switched their positions...or who have come out in support of same sex marriage.
As a side note, Bob Casey (listed as #1) is a senator from Pennsylvania where I live and I did NOT support him last time and I did NOT vote for him. And I will NEVER support him, not even if he backtracks on gay marriage. It wasn't just because of same sex marriage. It goes back to the 2008 primaries.
Frankly, I think Casey would be better off as a replacement for a new version of the old kids show, "Mr. Rogers." If you ever get a chance to listen to him, you'll know what I mean.