Make That Eight Senate Democrats Who Don't Support Gay Marriage

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April 1 2013 3:53 PM

Make That Eight Senate Democrats Who Don't Support Gay Marriage

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Sen. Bob Casey on Monday became the latest Senate Democrat to back gay marriage.

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And then there were eight:

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Sen. Bob Casey told The Morning Call on Monday he now supports same-sex marriage.
In an exclusive interview, the Pennsylvania Democrat said he had decided over time that the Defense of Marriage Act — the federal law that defines marriage as one man and one woman — should be repealed, and determined that such a belief could not be separate from the overall question of gay marriage. "I ultimately decided that to make a decision about DOMA was making a decision about marriage equality itself," Casey said.
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With Casey now on board, that leaves only eight of his current Democratic colleagues still on the other side of the fence from the vast majority of their caucus:

  • Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Up for re-election in 2018.
  • Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida. Up for re-election in 2018.
  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Up for re-election in 2018.
  • Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware. Up for re-election in 2018.
  • Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana. Up for re-election in 2018.
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. Up for re-election in 2014.
  • Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas. Up for re-election in 2014.
  • Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota. Won't run for re-election in 2014.

On the other side of the aisle, only Ohio Sen. Rob Portman has come out in favor of gay marriage. Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, meanwhile, suggested last week that she's still "evolving" on the issue.

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