Friday, April 5, 2013

Gay Rights: 51 U.S. Senators, A Majority, Now Endorse Marriage Equality - Florida's Bill Nelson Makes it 51

Florida's Senator Bill Nelson Comes Out For Marriage Equality
There are 100 United States Senators. As of last night, the number who have come out endorsing full marriage equality is 51. My own Senator, Bill Nelson of Florida, is number 51.

As he so eloquently put it:

"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."

Over the 55 Democratic Senators (or those that vote with them), 49 have come out for marriage equality. The remainder are from the South and come from parts of the country where there is opposition to this. Only 2 of the 45 Republican Senators have come out for equality, but more are likely too in the next few days. This is a remarkable development; we all wait to see what the U.S. Supreme Court says by the end of June on the matter. 

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