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Mark Pryor Worried About The Cost Of Marriage Equality

473px-Mark_Pryor,_Official_Portrait,_112th_Congress_(2011)_1Senator Mark Pryor is one of the remaining Democratic Senators who has yet to announce support for same-sex marriage. Pryor, who is from Arkansas, is still ‘undecided’ about whether or not same-sex marriage should be legal, but more than that, he is unsure if being lesbian or gay is a choice.

Pryor told KFSM 5 that
“I would put me down in the undecided category. 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.”

Pryor also would not commit to extending federal benefits to lesbians and gays because he is worried that doing so would cost the government too much money. He said “This is one that is an evolving issue in Washington. I haven’t really analyzed this in terms of benefits and what that does for the federal budget.”

Basically, Pryor is unwilling to commit because he is too afraid that he could lose his seat in Arkansas. Never mind the fact that he sounds very much like a coward. Ignore the fact that homosexuality is not a choice, assuming that it is a choice, there are many characteristics of humans that are choices and they are not barred from a variety of rights including marriage.

Additionally, the evidence is very strong regarding homosexuality be in as immutable and as genetic as red hair, skin color and height. Unfortunately, Pryor is more concerned about holding on to his seat than he is about doing what is right, and that is why he has chosen to hide himself behind this fatuous argument about the federal budget.

How much money does it cost to do the right thing?



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One Response to Mark Pryor Worried About The Cost Of Marriage Equality

  1. Jackie

    April 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Dear Senator Pryor,
    Every person has the right to marry. We just have restrictions on who or what they can marry. Gays and lesbians have the right to marry but just like everyone in this country, it is to one man and one women. What do you think will happen if the law is changed JUST For Lesbians and Gays. What is next 3 women to one man, 3 men to one women, several couple wed. What if a man wants to marry his son? If you vote for Gay marriage, you are opening Pandora’s box. It should be written in the constitution that marriage is between one man and on women so these crazy judges cannot arbitrarily change the laws.