Sen. Tom Carper Finally Supports Marriage Equality

Jim Burroway

April 2nd, 2013

Given that Sen. Tom Carper is a Democratic Senator from Delaware, where residents strong pro-marriage equality sentiment, this hardly qualifies as a profile in courage. It nevertheless brings to 49 the number of Senators who are now on record as supporting same-sex marriage:

As our society has changed and evolved, so too has the public’s opinion on gay marriage – and so has mine. I pray every day for God to grant me the wisdom to do what is right. Through my prayers and conversations with my family and countless friends and Delawareans, I’ve been reminded of the power of one of my core values: the Golden Rule. It calls on us to treat others as we want to be treated. That means, to me, that all Americans ultimately should be free to marry the people they love and intend to share their lives with, regardless of their sexual orientation, and that’s why today, after a great deal of soul searching, I’m endorsing marriage equality.

Delaware’s sole Congressman, John Carney, Jr., (D) has also announced his support for marriage equality. A bill to allow same-sex marriage is expected to be introduced in the Delaware statehouse sometime this year.

Sen. Carper is the latest to join Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO),  Mark Warner (D-VA), Mark Begich (D-AK), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Jon Tester (D-MT), Kay Hagen (D-NC), and Bob Casey (D-PA) in shifting to the right side of history. Not only are we grateful, but so will be their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Remaining holdouts among Democratic Senators are Joe Donnelly (IN), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Tim Johnson (SD), Mary Landrieu (LA), Joe Manchin (WV), Bill Nelson (FL) and Mark Pryor (AR). Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) remains the only sitting Senator GOP to announce his support for marriage equality.

Ben In Oakland

April 2nd, 2013

So one more, and then they’ll introduce a bill to repeal DOMA?

Or am I expecting too much from a group that doesn’t have a feck to its name?

do I sound bitter?

Sandhorse

April 2nd, 2013

Maybe to some Ben, but to me you sound like a realist.

Then again, I share your sentiment so perhaps I’m not qualified to make a judgment.

Ben In Oakland

April 2nd, 2013

:)

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