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  •  As for the Democrats who DIDN'T sign the brief (5+ / 0-)

    Here they are:


    Max Baucus (MT)

    Mark Begich (AK)

    Bob Casey, Jr. (PA)

    Joe Donnelly (IN)

    Kay Hagan (NC)

    Heidi Heitkamp (ND)

    Tim Johnson (SD)

    Mary Landrieu (LA)

    Carl Levin (MI)

    Joe Manchin (WV)

    Bill Nelson (FL)

    Mark Pryor (AR)

    Jack Reed (RI)

    Jay Rockefeller (WV)

    Tom Udall (NM)


    John Barrow (GA)

    Sanford Bishop (GA)

    G.K. Butterfield (NC)

    Jim Cooper (TN)

    Jim Costa (CA)

    Henry Cuellar (TX)

    Peter DeFazio (OR)

    William Enyart (IL)

    Pete Gallego (TX)

    Tom Graves (GA)

    Gene Green (TX)

    Rubén Hinojosa (TX)

    Ron Kind (WI)

    Rick Larsen (WA)

    Daniel Lipinski (IL)

    Ben Lujan (NM)

    Stephen Lynch (MA)

    Jim Mattheson (UT)

    Mike McIntyre (NC)

    Colin Peterson (MN)

    Nick Rahall (WV)

    Cedric Richmond (LA)

    Kurt Schrader (OR)

    David Scott (GA)

    Terri Sewell (AL)

    Bennie Thompson (MS)

    Filemon Vela (TX)

    Peter Visclosky (IN)

    Mel Watt (NC)

    Frederica Wilson (FL)

    Many are Conservadems; with others the situation is less apparent. Levin, Reed, DeFazio and Lujan are sponsors or co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act (maybe they felt signing the brief would be detrimental to the bill?) while Lynch's office indicated that his name should have been included on the brief but was excluded only because of an email glitch. As for those not covered, who can say. Maybe they still think support for gay rights is political poison. They're wrong of course.

    •  Split out... (4+ / 0-)

      Blue Dogs in the house that are on the list of not signing:

      Barrow, Bishop, Cooper, Costa, Cuellar, Gallego, Matheson, Mcintyre, Peterson, Schrader, Scott and Thompson

      Michaud(ME-2) and Sanchez(CA-47) did sign it.

      The other ones that sort of stand out:

      Senators Levin and Reed, but as you say that could be the RfMA. Casey and Udall are a little odd, but that could be religion (Catholic and LDS respectively)

      Out of the house members who aren't blue dogs or sponsors for the RfMA listed, the other ones that jump out from states that either have Marriage Equality or close are Rick Larsen (WA) and Lipinski (IL). Lipinski is far enough downstate that it isn't a huge surprise. I think Larsen may be an email glitch, he's got a multitude of pro-marriage equality stuff on the internet.

      •  Casey has said many times... (0+ / 0-)

        ...that he supports civil unions but not gay marriage.

        Pennsylvania is a rather complicated state. Although it is Democratic, there are large parts of the state with socially conservative Democrats and Independents who might vote for Casey because he's not totally in line with the Democrats on every social issue. I think he's been hurt somewhat with them by not being batsh*t insane (he supports family planning, for example) but I suspect he still pulls in enough support that the issue of gay marriage introduces some rather complictated decision making for him.

        And on top of it all, as you pointed out, Senator Casey is also Catholic.

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