Senate Democrats and Gay Marriage Is March Madness

Dan Amira and Jonathan Chait of New York magazine have a pitch-perfect March Madness breakdown of the four Senate Democrat holdouts who oppose gay marriage

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Dan Amira and Jonathan Chait of New York magazine have a pitch-perfect March Madness breakdown of the Senate Democrat holdouts who oppose gay marriage— Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Tim Johnson (S.D.), Mary Landrieu (La.). The list got cut down to a Final Four after Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) endorsed gay marriage earlier today.

Here’s the first two paragraphs:

Dan: 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.

Jon: I’m going to get a lot of heat from Landrieu’s fan base, but I’ll just say it: She does not belong in this tournament. She said last Thursday, “The people of Louisiana have made clear that marriage in our state is restricted to one man and one woman. While my personal views have evolved, I will support the outcome of Louisiana’s recent vote.” She has already dropped the e-word. We’re seeding her a distant No. 4.

You can read the whole article here.

17 comments
Hermione
Hermione

The government should just issue civil union licenses, just for legal reasons.

Anybody wanting a traditional 'marriage' can go to their local church and get this service performed in private.

jcapan
jcapan

If anyone sees PNNTO tell him this Oriole said hi.

TonyE
TonyE

If I were Citibank, I would want my logo as far away from that graphic as possible.

TyPollard
TyPollard

When will the first Republican in the Senate WITHOUT a GLBT child support marriage equity?

That will be news!

Irony
Irony

@Hermione Why? They have no right to the word. People get married in court houses. People get married by justices of the peace. Atheists get married, as do couples of mixed religious beliefs. The churches do not "own" marriage.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@jcapanThis Twin says hi back, JC. Nice home opener for your birds. 

See how magnanimous I continue to be?

outsider
outsider

@jcapan  

Where ya been JC? You can come back to MMR's - we've stopped feeding the trolls - and as a result, we actually communicate with one another again. 

JohnMitchel
JohnMitchel

That already happened - Look up Senator Mark Kirk (R - Illinois). Bigotry has its days counted

Hermione
Hermione

It is not abour owning a 'word'.  That wasn't my point.

My comments were concerning those that fight so hard to protect traditional marriage, that they should fight this battle in the privacy of their churches, and not deny basic Constititional rights to others that don't share in their faiths.

And technically, why should the government be in the marriage business in the first place?  Keep the government out of our bedrooms and personal lives.

jcapan
jcapan

@Paul,nnto @jcapan Tillman with a disappointing start. Oh well. Trust in Buck. Even with the expected loss of Roberts (retire already), I like our team. The brutality of our division is a given though. 

Outsider, I tend to stick to the DFH blogs but I'll see if I can access MMR from work. Suddenly this comment system is loading easily at home, maybe b/c I recently switched browsers. But with our old OS and version of IE at work (where I have the time to engage), I can't even access the commentary.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@outsider2011 @jcapan My business/travel schedule has put me in the lurker bench lately, but I've got to give props where they're due...you all have done an excellent job of sidelining the trolls.

A few years back, PirateWench and I tried to beat the drum for a "No Feeding Thursday", hoping that a day of reduced troll activity would be so popular, that it would catch on and take over the entire week.

It looks like that day has finally come. <3

::wipes tear:: ::blows nose:: ::salutes::

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@jcapan @Paul,nnto Sorry to hear that you are both suffering from and under bad weather. 

As for BHO this is what I was saying last week-"Gun control that isn't. Worrying about a deficit (cutting SS) that is pretty far down on the list of problems this country currently faces, approving Keystone."

When he drops the budget-Wendesday I think-there will be more pushback from the left than the right.  He forgets that while he doesn't need to run again the Congress members do. 


jcapan
jcapan

@Paul,nnto @jcapan Indeed. You had the better weekend, all around if you factor illness and near typhoon like weather. 


Still no ability to access comments at work. How are folks responding to Obama offering up the crown jewels of the new deal legacy?

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@JohnMitchel

Yes, when all but four Democratic Senators support marriage equality and not even four Republican ones have yet (by your own admission Snowe is no longer in office), do give us a better picture on where the actual party is at, please.

JohnMitchel
JohnMitchel

That's a little sad, that even the republican party is moving without you on this issue.

Look at comments made by Senator Flake ( R - Arizona) , Senator Murkowski ( R - Alaska) and former Senator Snowe ( R - Maine).

You might get a better picture on where the actual party is at.