Following the lead of several of his Democratic colleagues, Sen. Tom Carper (DE) has endorsed marriage equality “after a great deal of soul searching,” according to a post on his Facebook page:
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.
Carper joins Rep. John Carner (D), Delaware’s only member of Congress, who also came out for same-sex marriage this week.
There are now 49 members of the Senate who support the freedom to marry and only seven Senate Democrats who still do not.