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In the wake of President Obama's momentous announcement supporting marriage equality this past Wednesday, more and more Democrats have began clarifying their positions on this issue and unequivocally voicing their support for marriage equality. I have decided to compile a list of the non-incumbent Democratic candidates (and Angus King) running for the House and Senate who are known to support marriage equality. Some candidates have been known to support it for quite some time - be it through statements and interviews they have made and/or votes they have taken, while others have just recently made their pro-equality position known. I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised at some of the names here, given the difficult and uphill races that some of them are facing, or the moderate-to-conservative profile/image they have cultivated in regards to this and other issues. How this will affect their electoral chances is another subject for another diary.

This is a running list. If omissions, corrections, or additions need to be made, please let me know. I will update it as often as possible. All names will remain listed pending the completion of each particular state's primary. Again, with the exception of Angus King, this is a list of non-incumbent Democrats only.


AZ-01        Wenona Benally Baldenegro
AZ-02        Matt Heinz
AZ-06        Matt Jette
AZ-09        Andrei Cherny, David Schapira, Kyrsten Sinema

AR-02        Herb Rule

CA-02        Jared Huffman
CA-04        Jack Uppal
CA-07        Ami Bera
CA-10        Jose Hernandez
CA-15        Eric Swalwell
CA-26        Julia Brownley
CA-35        Gloria Negrete McLeod
CA-36        Raul Ruiz
CA-39        Jay Chen
CA-41        Mark Takano
CA-47        Alan Lowenthal
CA-49        Jerry Tetalman
CA-52        Scott Peters

CO-06        Joe Miklosi

CT-05        Christopher Donovan, Elizabeth Esty, Dan Roberti

FL-07        Jason Kendall
FL-09        Alan Grayson
FL-13        Jessica Ehrlich
FL-16        Keith Fitzgerald
FL-18        Patrick Murphy
FL-22        Lois Frankel
FL-26        Joe Garcia, Gloria Romero Roses

HI-02        Tulsi Gabbard, Esther Kia'aina, Bob Marx

ID-02        Nicole LeFavour

IL-06        Leslie Coolidge
IL-08        Tammy Duckworth
IL-10        Brad Schneider
IL-11        Bill Foster
IL-13        David Gill
IL-16        Wanda Rohl

IA-04        Christie Vilsack

MD-06        John Delaney

MA-01        Andy Nuciforo
MA-04        Joe Kennedy, III

MI-03        Trevor Thomas
MI-05        Dan Kildee
MI-08        Lance Enderle

MN-03        Brian Barnes
MN-06        Jim Graves
MN-08        Jeff Anderson, Tarryl Clark

NV-01        Dina Titus
NV-03        John Oceguera

NH-01        Carol Shea-Porter
NH-02        Ann McLane Kuster

NJ-07        Upendra Chivukula
NJ-11        John Arvanites

NM-01        Michelle Lujan Grisham

NY-06        Grace Meng
NY-08        Hakeem Jeffries
NY-18        Sean Patrick Maloney
NY-19        Julian Schreibman
NY-22        Dan Lamb
NY-23        Nate Shinagawa
NY-24        Dan Maffei

NC-10        Patsy Keever

OH-03        Joyce Beatty
OH-05        Angela Zimmann
OH-12        James Reese

PA-03        Missa Eaton
PA-06        Manan Trivedi
PA-15        Rick Daugherty

RI-01        Anthony Gemma

SC-07        Gloria Bromell Tinubu

TX-07        Lissa Squiers
TX-16        Beto O'Rourke
TX-20        Joaquin Castro
TX-21        Candace Duval
TX-32        Katherine Savers McGovern
TX-33        Domingo Garcia, Marc Veasey
TX-34        Denise Saenz Blanchard

VA-07        Wayne Powell

WA-01        Darcy Burner, Suzan DelBene, Steve Hobbs, Darshan Rauniyar, Laura Ruderman
WA-03        Jon Haugen
WA-05        Rich Cowan
WA-06        Derek Kilmer
WA-07        Andrew Hughes
WA-08        Karen Porterfield
WA-10        Denny Heck

WI-01        Rob Zerban
WI-02        Mark Pocan, Kelda Roys


Richard Carmona

Susan Bysiewicz, Chris Murphy

Ed Case, Mazie Hirono

Cynthia Dill, Angus King*

Elizabeth Warren

Bob Kerrey

Shelley Berkley

Martin Heinrich

Park Overall

Paul Sadler

Tammy Baldwin


Steve Bullock

Jackie Cilley, Maggie Hassan

Jay Inslee

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    28 • Gay Male • CA-35 (new) • Pragmatic • Progressive • Liberal • Democrat

    by BluntDiplomat on Sat May 12, 2012 at 11:45:04 PM PDT

  •  You Know At First I Didn't Think (7+ / 0-)

    Obama's statements were that important. As is often the fact I might have been wrong. If nothing else it seems to have given people cover to say they support gay marriage when in the past they might not have. That is a good thing in an of itself.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat May 12, 2012 at 11:50:58 PM PDT

    •  Oh One Other Thing (4+ / 0-)
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      bythesea, MichaelNY, roycej, atdnext

      I think it is very important that our elected leaders talk about this topic. My friends and family members that are my age (40+) find the topic hard to talk about. It makes them uncomfrotable. But folks I know that are in their 20s or younger, they are confused why we are even having this conversation. Some of them not that liberal, but as Obama said they all have friends that have two parents of the same sex. For them it is just the way it is and they don't have a problem with it. They don't recall the times I do when if you were gay you might not tell anybody.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Sat May 12, 2012 at 11:58:54 PM PDT

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  •  thanks for this (4+ / 0-)
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    webranding, bythesea, MichaelNY, atdnext

    Thanks for the time you put in to this.  It really is a great list.  One quibble though: Could you possibly organize it by district/state since there are some races with multiple candidates who support marriage equality and it would be easier to see a side-by-side comparison?

  •  NV-01: Add Dina Titus to your list. (2+ / 0-)
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    BluntDiplomat, MichaelNY

    She wholeheartedly supports marriage equality.

    And while I can't find an official, public proclamation, I know NV-04 likely nominee Steven Horsford supports marriage equality as well. (I guess we just have to wait for him to go public on it.)

  •  Fewer than half of the states (1+ / 0-)
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    are represented in your list. We have our work cut out for us.

    It is clear from demographics and polling that we have reached a tipping point on LGBT rights that even the President acknowledges, but that does not mean that we are tipping over all at once and all the way. Resistance will fall off only gradually.

    There is still vehement resistance to every Progressive achievement of the last two centuries, going back to the Civil War, and even to Hamilton's program of public works (infrastructure) in the Washington Administration. Even the Bill of Rights, and the existence of a Federal government with authority over the states.

    Although the Republican establishment realizes that this is a losing issue, that only makes the crazies double down, and get louder, nastier, and more vicious. As they have done, over and over, in the face of every advance we have made.

    It is in the nature of politics that changes occur almost as soon as possible, that is, when their is either a majority for it among the population, or when courts can overrule popular majorities that can no longer throw them off the bench. (Impeach Earl Warren, anybody?) It is therefore in the nature of politics that the arguments will continue for decades after the matter has been settled.

    Busting the Dog Whistle code.

    by Mokurai on Sun May 13, 2012 at 10:12:05 AM PDT

    •  These are only non-incumbents (2+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, gabjoh

      we don't need new pro-equality candidates in, for example, Vermont or Rhode Island. And I would strongly urge any candidate in Idaho, Utah, Montana etc. to quietly oppose it (LeFavour would fit in the middle of the Progressive Caucus. She isn't gonna win. Jimmy Farris has a better chance in ID-01.)

      -8.88, -4.21 Why does the most beautiful place in the world (Idaho Panhandle) have to get dumped with thousands of Cali GOP doofuses?

      by Whitty on Sun May 13, 2012 at 10:51:17 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    BluntDiplomat, MichaelNY

    I was going to do something like this but didn't have the time/energy, so it's nice to see that you did!

    Btw, does this only include Democrats? Because likely CT-05 Republican nominee Andrew Roraback supports it too.

    22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Sun May 13, 2012 at 11:02:25 AM PDT

  •  Another addition (1+ / 0-)
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    NY-19 Joel Tyner

    22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Sun May 13, 2012 at 11:17:04 AM PDT

  •  Tammy Baldwin and Mark Pocan better support (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, gigantomachyusa

    equality. They are both gay.

    Imagine some politician saying, "I am gay, but I don't support the right for me or other like me to get married."

    Farm boy who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -7.88, -4.26, Reclaim Wisconsin with BARRETT and MITCHELL on June 5th, 2012!!!!!

    by WisJohn on Sun May 13, 2012 at 01:19:13 PM PDT

  •  MA-01 (1+ / 0-)
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    add former St. Sen. Andy Nuciforo to the list.

    22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Sun May 13, 2012 at 01:24:27 PM PDT

  •  Jason Castle (NJ-05) (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, sapelcovits

    This is the only source I could find, but if it helps I was at the forum described, and he did indeed state his support for same-sex marriage (and Diane Sare did as well, but it's totally okay not to list LaRouchies who put Hitler 'staches on the president (watching her justify that was fun)).

    How does homeopathy work? | Self-appointed DKE Hudson River Crossings Caucus Chair (NJ-05, home & voting (2.5 blocks from NJ-09)) | #ows since August | -9, -7.79 | DKE signature parody week coming up!

    by gabjoh on Sun May 13, 2012 at 02:16:25 PM PDT

  •  Stunning list (1+ / 0-)
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    some names up there I really, really did not expect to see.  Bob Kerrey?  Holy shit.  Maybe he figures if he's gonna lose this race, he might as well not bother pandering to the social cons.

    It's very encouraging seeing crowded races like WA-01, NY-18, and NM-01 where marriage equality is not some fringe position, but rather the consensus of the entire Democratic field.  And these are not deep blue, solidly liberal seats.  All of them are competitive.

    Obama's statement may not have actually changed any laws by itself, but it has certainly pushed many other Democrats to join him in support.  It is, in short, a much bigger deal than many people initially suspected.

    If the 2012 elections go well for us, we're going to have a massive pro-equality caucus in congress.

    •  Bob Kerrey (2+ / 0-)
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      Skaje, MichaelNY

      he voted against DOMA, so not that surprising. Re: NY-18, two of the three Dem candidates are gay, and Hayworth herself seems to be moving to the left on gay rights (she has a gay son). I am, however, very impressed that even the conservadems in those districts (Chavez, Hobbs, and possibly Becker?) are for it.

      22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

      by sapelcovits on Sun May 13, 2012 at 03:37:29 PM PDT

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      •  actually (0+ / 0-)

        just looked up Hayworth's son (first hit when you google "Will Hayworth")...I could never date a gay Republican but he's kinda cute. And I have two mutual friends with him on Facebook. Weird.

        22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

        by sapelcovits on Sun May 13, 2012 at 03:42:06 PM PDT

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        •  Rep. Hayworth may change her mind (1+ / 0-)
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          I think she obviously wants to be for marriage equality but she would find it hard to win the district without the conservative line and would probably face a tough challenge from the right.

          I might always point out this side note but Stephen Saland's district overlaps with NY-18. He was the deciding vote on marriage equality. He faces a primary challenge from Neil Dicarlo. Mr. Dicarlo challenged Rep. Hayworth in the Republican primary in 2010. If Saland pulls out a win (I hope he doesn't because my good friend Terry Gipson is the Democrat in the race and I hope Terry wins), it might give Nan the confidence to come out for marriage equality.

          M, 22, School: MI-12(new) (Old MI-15), Home: NY-18 (new) (Old NY-19)

          by slacks on Sun May 13, 2012 at 06:11:25 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the feedback everyone... (1+ / 0-)
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    Let's keep 'em coming. :) I'm happy to see this list expand. Does anyone have the scoop on the following candidates and where they stand on this issue?

    Shelley Adler, NJ-03
    Ron Barber, AZ-02/AZ-08
    Ami Bera, CA-07
    Kathy Boockvar, PA-08
    Cheri Bustos, IL-17
    Tony Cárdenas, CA-29
    Joaquin Castro, TX-20
    Val Demings, FL-10
    Joe Garcia, FL-26
    Brad Harriman, IL-12
    Steven Horsford, NV-04
    Ann Kirkpatrick, AZ-01
    Mark Murphy, NY-11
    Mike Obermueller, MN-02
    Gloria Romero Roses, FL-26
    Manan Trivedi, PA-06

    28 • Gay Male • CA-35 (new) • Pragmatic • Progressive • Liberal • Democrat

    by BluntDiplomat on Sun May 13, 2012 at 05:13:23 PM PDT

  •  CO-03 (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm ALMOST certain Sal Pace supports marriage equality, definitely not on his site, but if I remember his time in the legislature his statements were supportive.

  •  Add CA Senate candidate (2+ / 0-)
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    gabjoh, MichaelNY

    Marriage Equality was the first issue and video up on my campaign site - before I was even sure I was running - as you can see from the relatively informal video there.



    David Levitt

    First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.

    by David Levitt for US Senate on Sun May 13, 2012 at 08:47:29 PM PDT

  •  WI-02 (1+ / 0-)
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    in addition to Mark Pocan, who should get added simply by virtue of being an openly gay Democrat (like Nicole LeFavour and Mark Takano), add Kelda Helen Roys.

    22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Mon May 14, 2012 at 06:13:07 AM PDT

  •  Arkansas (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, BluntDiplomat

    Two House candidates in Arkansas have come out in support of marriage equality: AR-02's Herb Rule and AR-03's Ken Aden. In the three-way primary in AR-01, Clark Hall takes a cop out "states' rights" position, and appears less than supportive. Gary Latanich and Scott Ellington support civil unions, but not marriage. In AR-04, an open seat and the only in the House delegation currently held by a Democrat, things are a little more grim: Q. Byrum Hurst uses the states' rights line, while Gene Jeffress and D.C. Morrison both support amendments to the US Constitution banning same-sex marriage. So it goes.

  •  Reading Tulsi Gabbard's statement (1+ / 0-)
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    She says she supports repealing DOMA and would co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act (which amounts to the same thing), as well as affording all the same "benefits, privileges and rights" of marriage to heterosexual couples, which is not the same as supporting full marriage equality.

    However, she also says "[I] stand with [Obama] on this issue."

    Why can't she just bluntly say she supports it? "Standing with" the President is not the same as making a declarative statement supporting marriage equality.

    24, Practical Progressive Democrat (-4.75, -4.51), DKE Gay Caucus Majority Leader, IN-02; Swingnut. Barrett/Mitchell on June 5th, 2012!

    by HoosierD42 on Tue May 15, 2012 at 04:02:15 AM PDT

  •  Is this diary including gubernatorial candidates? (1+ / 0-)
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    if so, for NH-Gov add Maggie Hassan and Jackie Cilley (46th entry in the slideshow).

    22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Tue May 15, 2012 at 06:27:44 AM PDT

  •  And we've got a new one... (2+ / 0-)
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    BluntDiplomat, MichaelNY

    Jeff Barth, for SD-AL

    22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Fri May 18, 2012 at 02:19:36 PM PDT

    •  oh yeah and one more (2+ / 0-)
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      FL-26 candidate Gloria Romero Roses posting on Facebook, 5/10

      I think it’s time that every state recognize that all love is equal, that all commitments should be honored. I’m so happy that yesterday Obama announced his support for marriage equality, but we have a lot of work left to do.

      22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), moving to Japan in July, hopeless Swingnut

      by sapelcovits on Fri May 18, 2012 at 02:23:24 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you so much for all of your research... (1+ / 0-)
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        I'll probably re-publish this list after all the primaries conclude which will include every candidate running for Congress - both incumbent and non-incumbents -  that supports marriage equality. :)  

        28 • Gay Male • CA-35 (new) • Pragmatic • Progressive • Liberal • Democrat

        by BluntDiplomat on Fri May 18, 2012 at 03:41:51 PM PDT

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