Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Tim_johnsonSenator Tim Johnson has come out for marriage equality in a statement to the Argus Leader:

"After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation. This position doesn't require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom."

Johnson had previous opposed same-sex marriage.

His endorsement followed that of two colleagues on Friday: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. Fifty-four U.S. senators now endorse same-sex marriage. Only three Democratic senators do not: Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Manchin (D-WV) is the only one to have not made a recent statement since the groundswell of support began for marriage equality late last month.

Landrieu said last week that she personally supports it but won't back it publicly since her voters don't, and Pryor said over the weekend that he was "undecided".

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  1. Sorry for the quadruple post. -_- There's a weird dialogue box that appears after pressing post that makes it seem like the comment couldn't be posted. It happened to me on both Firefox and Safari.

    Posted by: William | Apr 8, 2013 2:52:01 PM


  2. This thread has lost its' damn mind in more ways than one.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 8, 2013 3:02:56 PM


  3. This thread has lost its' damn mind in more ways than one.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 8, 2013 3:03:08 PM


  4. This thread has lost its' damn mind in more ways than one.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 8, 2013 3:03:13 PM


  5. I see why, too.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 8, 2013 3:03:45 PM


  6. It doesn't matter if he's taking a political risk or not. Either way, it keeps the momentum going for our side and furthers the impression that marriage equality is inevitable, which it is. Applauding each new person is, yes, and way of thanking them--whatever their motives--but it mostly makes good political sense. As for the remaining Dem's, they're big boys and girls who can evaluate the pressure and make their own decisions. If they're incapable of doing that, they're unfit for office.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 8, 2013 3:24:59 PM


  7. This support is being enforced by the party leadership, yet we still shouldn't be complaining about it. A vote is a vote. More than 50 Dems. All of 2 Republicans. Landrieu should be ashamed---as though SD and MO and many other states where this has happened are so liberal.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 8, 2013 3:39:39 PM


  8. This support is being enforced by the party leadership, yet we still shouldn't be complaining about it. A vote is a vote. More than 50 Dems. All of 2 Republicans. Landrieu should be ashamed---as though SD and MO and many other states where this has happened are so liberal.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 8, 2013 3:40:12 PM


  9. This support is being enforced by the party leadership, yet we still shouldn't be complaining about it. A vote is a vote. More than 50 Dems. All of 2 Republicans. Landrieu should be ashamed---as though SD and MO and many other states where this has happened are so liberal.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 8, 2013 3:40:48 PM


  10. This support is being enforced by the party leadership, yet we still shouldn't be complaining about it. A vote is a vote. More than 50 Dems. All of 2 Republicans. Landrieu should be ashamed---as though SD and MO and many other states where this has happened are so liberal.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 8, 2013 3:41:37 PM


  11. To not understand the difference between a 'Suspect class' being discriminated against and citing ' Rational basis' for continuing to deny us gay marriage is at our own peril.

    We cannot applaud this sudden waterfall of politicians jumping over their own rhetoric. It is callously being done in order to weaken our standing before SCOTUS , not strengthen it.

    The more political supporters 'we' have, the more likely Scalia et al will rule that we are NOT POLITICALLY POWERLESS, and therefore Rational Basis of Discrimination against us can continue...with Scalia bleating at us all: "You don't need protection from discrimination...look at all the Politicians on BOTH SIDES of the aisle you have. Go back to ypur states and win this one by one..."

    In other words; The more the Pols 'comeout for gay marriage' the less likely DOMA will be repealed AND prop 8 sturck down for California...only.

    Wake up.

    Posted by: mic | Apr 8, 2013 4:40:37 PM


  12. Why are there so many repeat comments? Anyway, I think that's great that he now support marriage equality...but news that he is not up for re-election make this news not quite as exciting.

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | Apr 8, 2013 5:10:01 PM


  13. Sorry @Mic, don't buy that argument: the tide of support could just as easily influence the SC Judges--if they're to be influenced at all--to not want to be on the wrong side of history, and it doesn't change the historical animus against gay people. Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional no matter how you slice it, and a broad decision in Prop 8 was always iffy at best. The Democrats (and count-em-on-one-hand Republicans) coming out in favor of equality are certainly doing so with their own political lives in mind but it's very far-fetched to think they're doing it keep DOMA in place. (You can't "win" DOMA in the states.)

    Should we start to demand more anti-gay rhetoric from Washington to maintain our politically powerless status?

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 8, 2013 6:13:01 PM


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