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Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Comes Out for Marriage Equality

HeitkampSenator Heidi Heitkamp has come out for marriage equality:

“In 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.  I view the ability of anyone to marry as a logical extension of this belief. The makeup of families is changing, but the importance of family is enduring.”

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  1. Smart political move. Up to 52 now!

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 5, 2013 10:27:23 AM


  2. You actually said it about as well as anyone could.

    Posted by: Rees Cramer | Apr 5, 2013 10:59:49 AM


  3. This is a dodge. Saying the federal government should stay out of it is not the same as saying same sex couples should have equal marriage rights. This statement leaves plenty of room for her to oppose marriage equality in her state.

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 5, 2013 2:05:18 PM


  4. she said the federal government should no longer discriminate, not that they should be "out of it."

    this message has been brought to you by someone who can actually read.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 5, 2013 2:08:05 PM


  5. OK, @Kiwi, if you prefer it this way...

    This is a dodge. Saying the federal government should no longer discriminiate is not the same as saying same sex couples should have equal marriage rights. Access to those rights is still controlled at the state level. This statement leaves plenty of room for her to oppose marriage equality in her state.

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 5, 2013 4:49:23 PM


  6. if you insist, sugarpie ;-)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 5, 2013 4:52:48 PM


  7. And now someone from a more socially-conservative state support marriage equality. Just a few more Democratic senators left to go...

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | Apr 5, 2013 5:23:40 PM


  8. That makes no sense JJ. Saying someone shouldnt be discriminated against is saying that they deserve equal rights.

    Posted by: Andrew | Apr 5, 2013 9:26:55 PM


  9. Perhaps, @Andrew, but then she didn't say LGBTs in general shouldn't be discriminated against by anyone. She singled out the *federal* government in particular and said it should not discriminate. She's careful not to take a position (or change her current position) on her own state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. I'm sure you'll recognize the distinction if you're familiar with states' rights doctrine.

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 5, 2013 10:10:39 PM


  10. JJ is absolutely right. To a politician wobbling on an uncomfortable fence, "equal rights" and "shouldn't be discriminated against at federal level" are critically different: one has a state-level escape clause, the other doesn't, and in 2004 North Dakota voted 73% to ban same-sex marriage AND any other "domestic union" granting similar rights or status. I'm sure she did speak with North Dakotans from every corner of her nearly empty and overrepresented state, and she likely discovered that 73% hasn't dropped safely below 50% yet.

    Posted by: don | Apr 6, 2013 10:30:14 AM


  11. EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT OF YOUR STATE, YOU CAN BE SURE THAT I WILL SUPPORT ANYONE WHO OPPOSES YOU . I WILL CONTRIBUTE AS MUCH AS I CAN.

    HOW DID YOU BECOME THE HEARTLESS AND SELF INVOLVED EXCUSE FOR A PERSON?

    SPEAK TO THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF YOUR DECISION ABOUT GUNS AND TO THOSE WHO WILL BECOME FUTURE VICTIMS.
    YOU HAVE NO SHAME. YOU HAVE NO CONSCIENCE.

    Posted by: ELEANOR BARD | Apr 18, 2013 11:43:11 AM


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