Some Democrats Still Refusing to Back Same-Sex Marriage

As the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, marriage equality has more political momentum that even before. More and more prominent Republicans are coming out in favor of gay marriage, and among young Republicans supporters even appear to outnumber opponents.

Given the shifting public attitudes on marriage equality, it takes a lot of cowardice to avoid addressing the issue or even staking a position. However, some Democrats are doing just that.

When asked for her stance on marriage equality, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan said that she was “really concerned right now about the budget, about jobs…” Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu said that she was “going to have to think really carefully” about the issue.

Translation: they care more about getting re-elected than they do about supporting marriage equality. Now, I hold politicians to a slightly lower standard than used car salesmen, but I have to admit I’m disappointed by Democrats who are still hemming and hawing over same-sex marriage.

I know not everyone on Capitol Hill can be a Ron or Rand Paul, but is it too much to ask that politicians speak candidly about issues without worrying how it will impact their chances of re-election?

Wait, what am I saying? They’re politicians–of course asking them to be honest and sincere is too much.

Hagan and Landrieu probably support same-sex marriage, but they’re so afraid that the homophobic voters of their respective states would punish them for such support that when asked about marriage equality they change the subject or say they need to do some “thinking.”

Shame on them–and all the other cowards who refuse to stand up for equality out of fear of offending bigots.


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