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Senator Mary Landrieu Personally Believes in Marriage Equality But Won't Back It Because of Louisiana's Anti-Gay Laws

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), one of the four senate Democrats yet to back marriage equality, told CNN that she personally believes in it but won't take an official position because Louisiana has laws against gay unions:

LandrieuLandrieu 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.

The other Democrats besides Landrieu who have yet to evolve are Tim Johnson (D-SD),  Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Mark Pryor, (D-AR).

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  1. Chicken-sh!t wh0re

    Posted by: Queenie | Apr 5, 2013 3:25:28 PM

  2. Look at the people of Louisiana and see that they need guidance and leadership - not a reinforcement of their incorrect and decidedly anti-freedom bigotry.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 5, 2013 3:27:57 PM

  3. You were elected to be a leader. Start changing minds

    Posted by: RHR IN TN | Apr 5, 2013 3:30:30 PM

  4. In other words, she wants to get reelected and not get run out of office.

    Posted by: Jack M | Apr 5, 2013 3:30:56 PM

  5. I live in Louisiana and believe Ms Landrieu to be sincere. Thus far she has proven to be a fighter for the common person and environmental issues and so forth. In the end I think she supports equality, and I prefer her to some of the real anti-gay wing nuts planning to run against her. If she holds out, that is probably good for gays in the long run.

    Posted by: Jim Tideman | Apr 5, 2013 3:30:58 PM

  6. Landrieu is up for reelection, I believe. Louisiana is deep Red. A Democrat will not hurrah if she comes out for SSM, but she will be booted on that issue alone. In the end, we don't win.

    Posted by: Chad | Apr 5, 2013 3:31:38 PM

  7. Their "interests"? What an embarrassment.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 5, 2013 3:33:20 PM

  8. Interesting, as I just posted a comment wondering why she hadn't spoken up about her position. I know for a fact that Mary has helped gay fundraising efforts with her political connections in New Orleans going back decades.

    And I totally agree with Jim Tideman. Let her get reelected and then make more of a difference next term. Outside of New Orleans, Louisiana is a very conservative state.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Apr 5, 2013 3:34:00 PM

  9. to be fair, she does have to represent her constituents. That being said, it would be great if she showed leadership here. Maybe by saying she supports it personally, and by saying that publically, it will slowly help turn minds around. But I do have to remember this IS Louisiana we are taking about... so it might be a very loooong wait.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Apr 5, 2013 3:34:09 PM

  10. Remember when Anderson Cooper nailed her for her sorry excuses on Katrina ? Everyone saw then what she is.

    Posted by: Gilbert | Apr 5, 2013 3:36:29 PM

  11. There's politics and there's dignity. Landrieu has made her choice.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Apr 5, 2013 3:38:48 PM

  12. Stupid cow

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 5, 2013 3:40:21 PM

  13. Any idiot who is criticizing Landrieu would be those who wanted McCaskill to come out before the election and we'd have been stuck with a stupid Todd Akin as senator now.

    Posted by: Mitchell | Apr 5, 2013 3:42:26 PM

  14. Coward

    Posted by: RMc | Apr 5, 2013 3:43:41 PM

  15. "So I'm looking at the people of Louisiana trying to represent their interests."

    Apparently gay Louisianans' interests are of no concern to her. Why on earth would she want to represent them?

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Apr 5, 2013 3:44:21 PM

  16. She's a rep. If you want change, work WITH "the people" to change their views.

    It's too easy to sit on your fat butts and pass judgement and not actually DO anything of an significance.

    She's done more for gay people than most of the commentators here will EVER do. THAT is the great irony.

    Strategy is how battles and wars are won. Not by being bitchy, ignorant, aloof, self-righteous little queens.

    Posted by: Rickie | Apr 5, 2013 3:50:28 PM

  17. Stand for what you personally believe.

    Otherwise, you are just a typical politician, pandering to the masses.


    Posted by: Johnny | Apr 5, 2013 3:50:56 PM

  18. What would some of you have mary Landrieu to do?

    One thing you forget is how much more conservative this state has become since Hurrican Katrina. Louisana is VERY VERY red state (moreso than North Dakota).

    Regardless of what Landrieu says, she'll probably lose in 2014 (barring a Todd Akin type running). I would love for a Dem to be able to hold on to a state like this.

    I don't like what she said but I completely understand it.

    Posted by: Chitown kev | Apr 5, 2013 3:53:32 PM

  19. Landrieu's been better to gay people in Louisiana than most of the politicians who have recently spoken out for marriage equality. She's been one of the few who have actually done something on her own accord for our rights. So I don't blame her for this, because she must have looked into the numbers and saw that her coming out for marriage equality would lead to a backlash. That's on Louisiana, not her.

    With that being said.......GUYS, WE ARE BEING USED. OUR RIGHTS AND LIVES ARE BEING POLITICIZED BY DEMOCRATS/MODERATE REPUBLICANS. Does anyone not see that? We're being used. These messages of support are completely and utterly political and have been for the past week at least. It's cheap at this point. We're celebrating politicians who have spoken against us as early as last election cycle. Bill Nelson just last week was against marriage equality, now he's for it. Donnelly as well.

    We're being used. Most of these politicians who say they support haven't and won't do anything for us going forward and we still don't have enough votes for legislation. There isn't enough political will for legislation on our issues.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 5, 2013 3:56:36 PM

  20. And screw all the gay folk in LA.,eh?

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Apr 5, 2013 3:57:41 PM

  21. I'm impressed that she has taken this position, given how conservative Louisiana is, and I applaud her for trying to strike some balance on the issue.

    In the end, I'd like to see Democrats continue to control the Senate and if it means that Democrats from conservative states must take a position that is contrary to the party platform, so be it.

    Posted by: Sam | Apr 5, 2013 3:59:11 PM

  22. In the end, it does not matter. She can prattle on about whatever she says she believes in, her actions are all that counts. By her actions, she is just another bigot.

    Democrats and Republicans are the same. It is the individual, not the party, that deserves to be voted for or against. Mary Landrieu deserves to not only be escorted to the door, but a big boot shoved hard up her butt to get her there faster!

    Posted by: Robert | Apr 5, 2013 4:06:49 PM

  23. Wow. It's rare to see such an open, even proud, display of hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 5, 2013 4:15:16 PM

  24. ALl due respect,she is up for reelection in a very,VERY Red State.
    And I'm sorry,the stampede by the Democrats to get on board is a joke at this point.
    Actions speak louder then words at this point and I'll judge them when votes come.

    Posted by: Kevin | Apr 5, 2013 4:23:29 PM

  25. She's not a State Senator, she's a Federal Senator and therefore needs to understand there are other people in the U.S. than just her sinkhole state's uneducated, lizard brain conservatives that she represents. Some leader; she's a follower.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Apr 5, 2013 4:33:18 PM

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