Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu has said that while she personally believes in marriage equality she will not support its legalisation, out of deference to her state’s anti-gay partnerships stance.
She told a CNN reporter on Friday that her own personal view was: “People should love who they love and marry who they want to marry.”
However, she added: ”My state has a very strong constitutional amendment not only against gay marriage but against gay partnerships. So I’m looking at the people of Louisiana trying to represent their interests.”
She has previously said: “The people of Louisiana have made clear that marriage in our state is restricted to one man and one woman.”
Along with Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Mrs Landrieu and Mr Pryor are the only Democratic Senators not to have backed marriage equality.
They followed Democratic Senators Mark Begich and Mark Warner, who both came out in support of same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court’s hearings on the subject, following the precedent set by Claire McCaskill. Senator McCaskill announced her support via a Tumblr post.