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US: Two further Democratic Senators come out for equal marriage

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  1. jamestoronto 6 Apr 2013, 5:16am

    “Only four of the 53 Democratic Senators have yet to come out in support for marriage equality, compared to 43 out of 45 Republicans.” This statement in this item and in another post has to be incorrect. I think the confusion arises with the “have yet to come out in support” bit. the “to” should not be there. The way it reads as you have almost all the Republican Party supports equal marriage and almost the entire Democratic caucus is opposed. Not so.
    There are only four Democratic holdouts Mark Pryor (Ark), Joe Manchin (W.Va), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Tim Johnson (S.D.) to declare FOR equal marriage as opposed to almost ALL the Republican caucus which is AGAINST equal marriage.

    1. bobbleobble 6 Apr 2013, 1:22pm

      Reads fine to me. ‘Have yet to come out in support’ means haven’t come out in support yet which is correct, they haven’t.

      As for the story itself, no way Landrieu or Pryor come out in support before 2014 when they’re running again. I suspect Pryor wouldn’t anyway. Johnson is retiring in 2014 but there is some speculation that his son might run for the seat and if his father comes out in support of SSM it could damage his chances. Manchin is a bit of a DINO and didn’t even vote for the repeal of DADT.

      I can’t think of any more Republicans who might be ready to support SSM. Maybe Susan Collins but I suspect she’s too worried about a primary challenge from the tea party.

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