National Organization for Marriage Commends US Senator Mark Pryor for Maintaining Support for Marriage


Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Jen Campbell (703-683-5004)

"Marriage is not a partisan issue; many of its most ardent defenders are Democrats like Senator Pryor" — Brian Brown, NOM president —

National Organization for Marriage

Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today commended U.S. Senator Mark Pryor for maintaining his support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In a recent news interview, Pryor reaffirmed his continuing support for true marriage. Marriage is popular in Arkansas-75% of Arkansas voters chose to protect marriage through a constitutional amendment in 2004.

"We commend Senator Pryor for standing tall for marriage as the union of one man and one woman and for resisting political pressure to switch positions on such a foundational issue of critical importance to society," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "The media has often portrayed the marriage debate in partisan terms, but there is nothing inherently political or partisan about marriage. Many of the strongest supporters of marriage are Democrats, including leading African Americans and prominent elected officials such as New York Senator Ruben Diaz."

When California passed Proposition 8, exit polls showed that 70% of African American voters supported the measure to restore marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Similar percentages of black voters helped propel the North Carolina marriage amendment to passage last year. African American voters are overwhelmingly registered as Democrats. Sen. Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx is a pastor and state Senator who has championed true marriage. He helped organize over thirty buses of Hispanic constituents to attend the recent March for Marriage in Washington, D.C.

"We hope that other Democrat elected officials will follow Senator Pryor's lead and stand up for marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brown. "Marriage is society's only institution that connects men and women to each other and provides the best environment for raising any children that may come of their union. It is a great and positive institution for society, one that people of all parties should stand to support. We are grateful to Senator Pryor for doing just that."


To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Jen Campbell (x145), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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  1. Will Fisher
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Off Topic, any news on France? Uruguay? Delaware? Rhode Island?

  2. Ash
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Kudos to Senator Pryor.

    Brian is right. Support for marriage is a bipartisan issue. People of all political persuasions, races and walks of life can recognize that the union of a man and a woman is of unparalleled importance to society.

  3. Richard
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Breaking: French Senate gives final approval to gay marriage bill. All that are left are technicalities but it is believed that the freedom to marray for gays and lesbians is just around the corner. Viva la France!

  4. Richard
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Breaking: Harrison Ford and the NHL announce support for equality and gay marriage.

  5. Robert
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Did you see Pryor in Bill Maher's film, "Religulous"? He is truly a dim bulb!

  6. Robert
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    From a partisan politics perspective, the real news is how many Republicans can't bring themselves to oppose equal legal treatment for gays and lesbians, and deny innocent children the right to have married parents raise them in a secure home. I mean, once Clint Eastwood is on board, you know it's game over!

  7. Randy E King
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Richard and Robert are tag team yammerers!

  8. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted April 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Good man, Senator Pryor!

  9. David Broadus
    Posted April 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Why is that according to NOM every politician who supports gay marriage is bending to PC political pressure and every politician who doesn't is bravely following their conscience? Couldn't it be that some politicians who oppose gay marriage are doing it for political reasons and some who support it are doing what they think is right and just? But no. NOM paints everyone who disagrees with them as dishonest opportunist cowards. This is why no one takes you people seriously.

  10. John B.
    Posted April 14, 2013 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Will Fisher, don't expect NOM to report any news that doesn't further their narrative. For example no acknowledgment that marriage equality in France is a done deal; meanwhile they quietly dropped the Pat Brady story, after the attempt to remove the Illinois Republican Party chair over his support for marriage equality--which they trumpeted for days--failed (and in fact a second attempt to oust him has also just failed).

  11. Randy E King
    Posted April 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Permalink


    Support for traditional marriage was a done deal throughout the whole world up to 2002. Do you truly believe that once you parasites take hold you can never be ostracized?

  12. Zack
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Mark Pryor is a self-described evangelical, so it wouldn't make sense for him to support redefining Marriage. I firmly believe that he and Joe Manchin are the only Blue Dogs left in Congress and will either a) defect to the GOP should the DNC move further to the left or b) switch to independent. Or perhaps they will remain to be only beacons of light in a rapidly dimming party.

    #9 "Why is that according to NOM every politician who supports gay marriage is bending to PC political pressure"

    Switching a position because of polling or threats to withhold campaign funds IS bending to political pressure.

  13. Zack
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    scratch that, Manchin and Pryor are the only blue dogs left in the senate, there are still at least a dozen conservative/center-left pro marriage democrats left in the House of Reps.

  14. Bobby
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Zack - the word is evolving, not switching. I guarantee by the time you are 30, when marriage equality is the law of the land, you will wonder what all the fuss was about.

  15. Posted April 17, 2013 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    Bobby makes guarantees in writing, but does not bet on it. Words are cheap (mine too), but reason is not.

  16. Chairm
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Bobby, what is all the fuss about, do you think, among those who demand the imposition of the SSM idea and the abolition of the marriage idea in our laws?

    Tell me, what is your fuss all about, really.