Saturday, March 30, 2013

Saturday Politics: Only 9 (D) Senators Not For Marriage Equality

Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware

Last week's Supreme Court arguments in two marriage equality cases forced a number of Democratc senators gave a number of Democratic senators the opportunity to clarify their position on support for marriage equality for same-sex couples. In addition to Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), her colleagues Mark Begich (D-AK), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Jon Tester (D-MT), Mark Warner (D-VA) from red (Alaska, North Carolina, Montana) or purple states (Virginia).

There are still nine members of the Democratic caucus in the United States Senate who still have not endorsed marriage equality:

  • Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. Up for reelection in 2018.
  • Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Up for reelection in 2018.
  • Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida. Up for reelection in 2018.
  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Up for reelection in 2018.
  • Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware. Up for reelection in 2018.
  • Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana. Up for reelection in 2018.
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. Up for reelection in 2014.
  • Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas. Up for reelection in 2014.
  • Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota. Won't run for reelection in 2014.
There are three Senators from blue states who have are on this list: Casey of Pennsylvania (who is anti-choice, so is known to be an outlier on social issues in the Democratic party), Nelson of Florida, and Carper of Delaware. The most curious of these is Tom Carper because not only is Delaware a blue state, but recent polls have shown that a majority of respondents in Delaware support marriage equality 54% to 37%. Two-thirds of Democratic voters nationwide support marriage equality so it is very curious why a Democratic senator from a Democratic state would not announce his support for marriage, especially when he does not have to face the voters for 5 more years?

Inquiring minds want to know!

1 comment:

Bryan J Blumberg said...

Does the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee still support Mary Landrieu?


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