Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) is the latest Democratic Senator to offer his full support for marriage equality:
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.
With Nelson, there are now 51 Senators who support marriage equality, including Republicans Mark Kirk (IL) and Rob Portman (OH). There are only six remaining Democrats in the Senate who have not endorsed the freedom to marry, while 43 Republicans remain unwilling to do so.