With Sen. Nelson’s support, a majority of U.S. Senators now support the freedom to marry
April 04, 2013
Today, Sen. Bill Nelson announced that he supports the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, making him the 51st Senator in today's Congress to do so.
A majority of the United States Senate now has announced support for the freedom to marry, thanks to recent announcements from nine Senate Democrats, and two Republican Senators: Ohio's Rob Portman and Illinois' Mark Kirk.
Today, Sen. Nelson told The Tampa Bay Times today that he believed, "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." He stated:
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.
Nelson is the eleventh Senator in the past two weeks to announce that he supports ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. Look at statements from 9 Democratic Senators HERE, and read a statement from Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) HERE.