Sen. Mark Pryor does not appear to be ready any time soon to follow the example of many of his Democratic colleagues who have recently come out in support of gay marriage.
In a Friday interview with a local television station, the Arkansan said he recently has been lobbied on the issue but has not made a decision on whether to support or oppose same-sex unions.
“I would put me down in the undecided category,” he said. “I did talk with some friends of mine in the gay and lesbian community over the last week or so. We talked about this issue. We also talked about a question I received in the office not too long ago where they asked whether being gay was a choice or whether you were born that way. I told them, I said, ‘Honestly I’ve never really thought a lot about that.’ Maybe a lot of people think about that. I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about that. But one of the things I hear from them is they feel very strongly that it’s not a choice for them, and I respect that. I’m not going to dispute that. I appreciate that, and I appreciate their honesty. For a lot of these people they just really open their heart to me and talked about some of the struggles they’ve had over the years with their sexual orientation. I respect that and appreciate their patience, and I appreciate their honesty.”
Similarly, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., on Friday told CNN that she supports equality for gays, but that she feels obligated to stand by her state’s constitutional amendment banning gay unions.
“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 reportedly said.
Few political observers believe that Pryor and Landrieu and a few other holdouts will end up changing their positions before their re-elections in 2014.
Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.