Just 4 Senate Democrats Don't Support Marriage Equality

The marriage equality bandwagon is filling up fast with Senate Democrats (and even two Republicans). But a few holdouts remain.

BY Lucas Grindley

April 06 2013 10:00 AM ET

Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas
Pryor is up for reelection in 2014 in a state not considered favorable for Democrats. His spokesman recently told a local newspaper that Pryor believed homosexuality is a choice and opposed marriage equality because of a "moral belief." Then on Friday Pryor did a television interview with local KFSM and announced he's "undecided" on marriage equality. "I would put me down in the undecided category," he said. Pryor said he's met with "some friends of mine in the gay and lesbian community" and they discussed his answer to whether homosexuality is a choice. "I told them, I said, 'Honestly I’ve never really thought a lot about that.' Maybe a lot of people think about that. I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about that. But one of the things I hear from them is they feel very strongly that it’s not a choice for them, and I respect that. I’m not going to dispute that." On whether same-sex couples deserve equal benefits from the federal government, which is what would happen is part of the Defense of Marriage Act is struck down, he said "I haven’t really analyzed this in terms of benefits and what that does for the federal budget."

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