Joining 47 other Democrats, two Independents and two Republicans, Florida’s Bill Nelson today announced his support for marriage equality.

As The Tampa Bay Times reported it, “Bill Nelson reverses opposition to gay marriage.”

The New Civil Rights Movement notes:

This means a majority of sitting U.S. Senators support the right of same-sex couples to marry, for the first time ever in history.

Nelson’s statement:

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.

The remaining Democrats:

Joe Donnelly (Indiana); Tim Johnson (South Dakota, not seeking re-election); Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota); Mary Landrieu (Louisiana); Joe Manchin (West Virginia); Mark Pryor (Arkansas).