Though nearly every other Democratic legislator in Congress has finally “evolved” on marriage equality, Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has steadfastly refused. And her excuse is that while she personally thinks gay people should have the right to marry, her constituents don’t:
Landrieu told CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta in an interview Friday that she personally believes “people should love who they love and marry who they want to marry,” but that her obligation rests with the people of Louisiana who elected her.
“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 said.
Let me translate that: “I’d love to give a damn about all this equality stuff, but that might hurt me in my 2014 reelection campaign so I’m going to offer this superficial excuse instead.” No one should be surprised by this, of course; Landrieu represents a very red state and she is doing what every other legislator who has “evolved” on the issue has done, taken the politically convenient position. President Obama, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats can safely “evolve” because they have to run national campaigns and don’t have to worry about winning Louisiana (they won’t, period). Landrieu cannot. And since taking a stand on principle is pretty much unheard of in Washington, she dodges instead.