Sen. Bill Nelson Finally Supports Marriage Equality

Jim Burroway

April 4th, 2013

With the Florida Democrat’s announcement, we now have 51 supporters in the Senate:

It is generally accepted in American law and U.S. society today “… that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. I believe that. The civil rights and responsibilities for one must pertain to all.

Thus, to discriminate against one class and not another is wrong for me.

If we are endowed by our Creator with rights, then why shouldn’t those be attainable by Gays and Lesbians?

Simply put, if The Lord made homosexuals as well as heterosexuals, why should I discriminate against their civil marriage? I shouldn’t, and I won’t.

So I will add my name to the petition of senators asking the Supreme Court to declare the law that prohibits gay marriage unconstitutional.

Sen. Nelson joins fellow fellow Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill (MO),  Mark Warner (VA), Mark Begich (AK), Jay Rockefeller (WV), Jon Tester (MT), Kay Hagen (NC), Bob Casey (PA) and Tom Carper (DE) in shifting to the right side of history over the past two weeks. The cascade of new support for marriage equality in the Senate began on March 15 when Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) became the first sitting Republican Senator to announc his support for marriage equality. On Tuesday, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) joined his fellow Republican in making the switch.

The remaining Democratic holdouts in the Senate are Joe Donnelly (IN), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Tim Johnson (SD), Mary Landrieu (LA), Joe Manchin (WV), and Mark Pryor (AR).

Mark F.

April 4th, 2013

How about they vote on DOMA repeal now? Dare the GOP to keep it from a floor vote.

Stefan

April 5th, 2013

Mark,

Expect another surge in support for repeal after Section 3 is shot down by the Supreme Court.

MattNYC

April 5th, 2013

Sen. Donnelly (D-IN)–no liberal he–just announced support for ME.

Too bad the House controls any action. Hopefully in 2015–if the Supremes don’t beat them to it–DOMA will fall.

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