Bill Nelson comes out for same-sex marriage

As two more Democratic Senators came out this week in support of same-sex marriage, Florida's Bill Nelson was continuing to stand on an increasingly smaller island. With Pennsylvania's Bob Casey and Delaware's Tom Carper evolving on the issue, Nelson was one of just seven Senate Democrats still clinging to the notion that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

But no longer.

In a statement issued by his press spokesman in Washington Thursday night, Nelson says he now supports same-sex marriage.

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.

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