“7 Democrats yet to support marriage equality”

The text below is an email I received from Susannah Hook-Rogers of MoveOn.org, giving details for the 7 democratic senators who have yet to publicly support marriage equality. I’m guessing that if you’re reading my blog and you haven’t yet threatened my demise via religious deity (or fallen deity for that matter) that you’re probably a democrat (however that’s an assumption so I may, in fact, be making an ass out of you and me).  If you’re in the United States…hell even if you’re not, shoot these guys an email telling them to jump on board the fast moving train to the future!! (Ok…I went for it and it didn’t work…so sue me).

She also asked me to put this little picture up to.


Dear MoveOn member,

The Supreme Court is getting ready to vote on the fate of two monumental marriage equality laws—California’s discriminatory Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act—and possibly rule on same-sex marriage across the country.

As the Justices look around the country to get a sense of whether the country is ready to embrace marriage equality, right now they’d see seven Senate Democrats who have yet to come out in support of marriage equality. 

Every senator who publicly supports equality makes it easier for the Supreme Court to do the same—so MoveOn members and our allies have been doing everything we can to pressure these seven holdouts to support equal rights.

And it’s working. Last week, the number of Senate Democratic holdouts was nine—and just in the past 48 hours, thanks to pressure from thousands of MoveOn members and our allies, Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey and Delaware Senator Tom Carper switched their positions and came out in support of marriage equality.1 We’ve got momentum on our side. 2 down, 7 to go.

But with all the news recently, many voters in these seven states may not know that their senator has so far failed to join the 50 senators who support marriage equality. We need to spread the word right now—so that these senators hear that their constituents are counting on them to come out in support of marriage equality. 
Can you urge your friends and family who live in these seven states to call their senators by posting this graphic on your Facebook page and then sharing it with them as well?  Click here to share the graphic. Let’s be clear—marriage equality laws are NOT inevitable—but they are possible if we all work for it. We got to this moment through decades of hard work and courageous action by so many people—and we finally have a chance to make equality a reality.

Thanks for all you do.

–Susannah, Angie, Ilya, Mark, and the rest of the team 

P.S. Not on Facebook? That’s ok—just forward this email to your friends. Here are the key senators that are still holding out, and the numbers to call:

Sen. Joe Donnelly (IN)—(317) 226-5555

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND)—(701) 258-4648

Sen. Tim Johnson (SD)—(605) 332-8896

Sen. Mary Landrieu (LA)—(225) 389-0395

Sen. Joe Manchin (WV)—(304) 342-5855

Sen. Bil Nelson (FL)—(850) 942-8415

Sen. Mark Pryor (AR)—(501) 324-6336 


1. “Democrats Yet To Endorse Gay Marriage Now Targeted By MoveOn.org Petition,” Huffington Post, April 2, 2013

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