Vulnerable senate Dems back away from Obama gay marriage flip flop

The Hill reports that some Democratic senators up for re-election have declined to back President Obama's gay marriage statement. Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.), the two most vulnerable Democratic senators, have declined to endorse Obama's call for the legalization of gay marriage. Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Bob Casey (Pa.) and Bill Nelson (Fla.), Democrats who have easier races but in states that could become more competitive by November, have also backed away from Obama's stance. They all represent states with constitutional amendments or laws banning same-sex marriage. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) predicted Thursday the Democratic Party would adopt a pro-gay marriage plank in its platform. While that may happen when delegates to the Democratic National Convention meet September in Charlotte, N.C., the party remains divided. [...] "It comes down to independents, who make it somewhat of a swing state. Generally the independent vote in...(Read Full Post)