With the recent flood of Senate Democrats announcing their support for gay marriage, progressive advocacy group MoveOn.org launched a campaign Tuesday targeting the diminishing list of holdouts.
MoveOn.org posted individual petitions to its website listing the faces and names of eight Democratic senators who don't oppose the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The campaign was coordinated by the group's members. "You can’t stop an idea whose time has come," the site reads.
Underlining the rapidity with which lawmakers are changing course, one of those Democrats, Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, has already reversed his position, announcing the shift in a statement late Tuesday morning.
That leaves just seven Senate Democrats against gay marriage: Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). Two among that list, Landrieu and Pryor, face tough reelection battles in 2014 in conservative states.
Last week, MoveOn.org joined progressive groups in Pennsylvania in a similar push against Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.). The effort resulted in over 10,000 constituent phone calls and emails to the senator's office. MoveOn.org said 12,000 of its members signed a petition to Casey, who finally came out in support of marriage equality Monday, citing feedback from LGBT Pennsylvanians and advocates in reaching his decision.
The focus on support for gay marriage intensified last week, as the Supreme Court began its deliberations on landmark same-sex marriage cases on California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) also switched his stance ahead of the hearings, making him the only sitting Republican senator to endorse gay marriage.