Senator 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?