Two more Senate Dems support same-sex marriage
April 5th, 2013
10:27 AM ET
2 years ago

Two more Senate Dems support same-sex marriage

(CNN) - The ranks of Senate Democrats who back same-sex marriage grew Friday morning by two as Indiana's Joe Donnelly and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp came out publically in support of overturning a federal law banning marriages between same sex couples.

"With the recent Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion of same-sex marriage, I have been thinking about my past positions and votes. In doing so, I have concluded that the right thing to do is to support marriage equality for all," Donnelly, elected last November, wrote in a statement on his Facebook page.

Heitkamp, who also won election in 2012, wrote that after "speaking with North Dakotans from every corner of our great state, and much personal reflection, I have concluded the federal government should no longer discriminate against people who want to make lifelong, loving commitments to each other or interfere in personal, private, and intimate relationships."

Both Indiana and North Dakota are conservative-leaning states.

With Donnelly and Heitkamp's announcements, there are now four Senate Democrats who have not backed marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples: Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

Landrieu told CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta in an interview 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.

"My state has a very strong constitutional amendment not only against gay marriage but against gay partnerships. So I'm looking at the people of Louisiana trying to represent their interests," she said.

Two Republican senators have announced support for same-sex marriage: Rob Portman of Ohio and Mark Kirk of Illinois.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week in two cases on the issue, including a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.


Filed under: Heidi Heitkamp • Joe Donnelly • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Jump on the bandwagon and be on the right side of history.

    April 5, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Borderless

    All the "support" from either side of the aisle doesn't mean a thing until they correct this injustice. Same sex marriage is implicitly supported by the Constitution and any acts that interfere with that freedom are illegal, immoral and inhumane.

    April 5, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Ed1

    Whats wrong with same sex civil unions that would solve everything.

    April 5, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Boytjie

    @Ed1

    Whats wrong with same sex civil unions that would solve everything.
    ------------–
    1,100 benefits in law apply explicitly only to marriage, not civil unions. You think all those laws can be changed?

    April 5, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. AprilElaine

    I see that slowly but surely Senators from each state are coming to their senses and allowing this to be legal. It really is an injustice, and I hope to see soon that this will be legal. It's been a long time coming and I can not wait to see the day! :)

    April 5, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Ed1

    Whats wrong with same sex civil unions that would solve everything.
    ------------------
    Because "unions" is a separate and unequal to "marriage". I don't like same-sex marriages, either. That's why you'll never see me standing at the alter donning the ring in one. But, I also recognize and respect the 1st Amendment and the founding principle of "pursuit of happiness."

    April 5, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Thomas

    Rick Perry / Louie Gohmert 2016

    Remember the Alamo !

    April 5, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. robertholt

    “Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.” Genesis 19:24, 25.

    April 5, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Boytjie

    @robertholt

    Did you see the part in the S&G story where Lot offers up his virgin daughters to be raped by the men outside?

    April 5, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. just askin

    Boytjie
    @Ed1
    Whats wrong with same sex civil unions that would solve everything.
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    1,100 benefits in law apply explicitly only to marriage, not civil unions. You think all those laws can be changed?
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    so this is all about the money. thousands of years of tradition and precedence just so people can get their hands on money and benefits.

    April 5, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. A Kickin` Donkey

    The ENTIRE "marriage" debate was brought about by the mixing of Church & State issues.

    Marriage has it`s origins in the "Church"; in religion. And if you want to argue this, marriage certainly predates 1787, 1776, etc.

    Marriage NEVER belonged in public policy / laws that distribute benefits to citizens. Hold some interim politician responsible for this perversion of the founding principles.

    April 5, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Greg in Arkansas

    CNN Editor....."overturning a federal law banning marriages between men and women."
    Shouldn't it read"overturning a federal law banning marriages between men and BETWEEN women"????.
    Otherwise, many Americans are in violation of a federal law........

    April 5, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Boytjie

    @robertholt

    Did you see the part in the S&G story where Lot offers up his virgin daughters to be raped by the men outside?
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    Lot did that in an effort to protect the Angels of the Lord... the disgusting Sodomites wanted them, not his daughters.

    April 5, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Boytjie

    @just askin

    so this is all about the money. thousands of years of tradition and precedence just so people can get their hands on money and benefits.
    ======================
    Is money all that you see when you see the word "benefits"?
    As for thousands of years of marriage tradition... remember how some men and many, many wives? And how daughters were traded into marriage like property?

    April 5, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Jason in PA

    @A Kickin' Donkey

    Actually, "marriage" predates religion by a long time. The institution of marriage actually predates recorded history, so no Church, or churches, have any actual claim to marriage.

    April 5, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Boytjie

    Boytjie

    @robertholt

    Did you see the part in the S&G story where Lot offers up his virgin daughters to be raped by the men outside?
    ---–
    Lot did that in an effort to protect the Angels of the Lord... the disgusting Sodomites wanted them, not his daughters.
    =========================
    Oh, so they were angels... so it wasn't men demanding to have sex with men. :D
    So rape of Lot's daughters would have been OK? And he was saved from what happened to S&G... yet his wife was killed just for looking back. SMH?!

    April 5, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. paul

    anything for a vote i guess. whats next?

    April 5, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Nathan

    Enough already. Get this thing done and move on.

    April 5, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. EjonP

    @Boytje,

    Sodom and Gomorrah is one of those stories that is *heavily* edited for Sunday School. Not only do they leave out the "Hey guys, please rape my daughters" part, they also leave out what happens right after they leave town; namely, that Lot gets drunk and knocks up those dame daughters (Gen. 19:32-36).

    When it comes to righteous men, God sure knew how to pick 'em.

    April 5, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. NorCalMojo

    Windsocks shifting with the wind.

    April 5, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Sian9 NYC

    So why aren't Repub politicians supporting this as well when polls show that 81% of Americans under 30 support marriage equality? It's one reason why younger people are leaving the party.

    April 5, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Rembrant

    What is that church doing in my state?

    April 5, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. just sayin

    Sian9 NYC
    So why aren't Repub politicians supporting this as well when polls show that 81% of Americans under 30 support marriage equality? It's one reason why younger people are leaving the party.
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    if your statements are true then this will have no problem being passed by all the states. yet 30 states have voted to ban it, even liberal california, while only 9 have either voted for it or had it forced on them by unelected judges. so reality does not match your statement of wide support. as usual, the far left trying to con the people of this country. btw, the young people do not own the country. older americans retain their rights to vote and have an opinion.

    April 5, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. much thunder..little rain

    drip..drip..drip..rot from with in

    April 5, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Cephus

    I really pray that homosexuals may find the grace of The Lord and change their life style. Anyone regardless if color or creed can change. I prayed The Lord heard my cries and now I have been able to control alcohol intake and I completely stopped jerking it twice a day. The Lord is the best therapy out there for reals!!

    April 5, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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