North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly were the latest Democrats to come out in support of gay marriage, leaving all but four
elephants donkeys in the room: Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, and South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson.
In a statement Friday, Heitkamp wrote “the federal government should no longer discriminate against people who want to make lifelong, loving commitments to each other or interfere in personal, private, and intimate relationships.”
Meanwhile, Donnelly took to Facebook Friday morning where he invoked his pro-gay record and opposed “amending either Indiana’s or our nation’s constitution to enshrine in those documents an ‘us’ and a ‘them,’ instead of a ‘we.’”
Pryor has gone on the record as opposing gay marriage, though he says he is undecided on “whether federal benefits should be available to gay couples.” Landrieu, on the other hand, told CNN that though she personally supports gay marriage, “the people of Louisiana have made clear that marriage in our state is restricted to one man and one woman.”
Despite these holdouts, the Senate still has a majority of 53 gay marriage supporters.