Sen. Tom Carper Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

UPDATE: Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) also announces his support for marriage equality.

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Senator Tom Carper
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Senator Tom Carper

Citing the Bible’s Golden Rule, Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) announced his endorsement for same-sex marriage on Facebook. “All Americans ultimately should be free to marry the people they love and intend to share their lives with, regardless of their sexual orientation,” he said. “That’s why today, after a great deal of soul searching, I’m endorsing marriage equality.”

Carper no doubt has seen many of his Democrat colleagues— Sens. Bob Casey (Pa.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Jon Tester (Mont.), Mark Warner (Va.), and Claire McCaskill (Mo.)— flip on the issue in the past two weeks, and decided it was safe to announce his support in liberal Delaware. A Delaware News Journal poll released in January showed 52% in favor of same-sex marriages.

After Sen. Bob Casey (Pa.) announced his approval yesterday, there are now seven Senate Democrats who disapprove of gay marriage: Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Bill Nelson (Fl.), Tim Johnson (S.D.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.).

The next one to leave the Senate Democrats’ anti-gay marriage room is anyone’s guess. But if one were to pick a Senator based on popular opinion, Florida’s Nelson would be a good bet. According to a Washington Post poll from October, 54% of Floridians think same-sex marriage should be legal. Yesterday Moveon.org released its petitions targeting the last Democratic holdouts.

Here is Carper’s full statement:

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.

Update: Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) announces his support for marriage equality, according to the Washington Post.

 

23 comments
XgayGreg
XgayGreg

I lived with my lover for over 10 years. He cheated on me and I cheated on him. Today I'm married God's way. My wife and I share the good news that Jesus can set you FREE from any sin and that includes the sin of homosexuality. I know that most people hate to hear the truth of God's word so they create their own god, however, there is ONLY one God and ONLY one way to heaven.

I USED TO BE ADDICTED TO MEN, BUT 7 YEARS AGO JESUS SET ME FREE! (YouTube video) I have had NO ex-gay therapy!

retiredvet
retiredvet

I think it's great that our politicians can follow the polls well enough to pander properly.

MrObvious
MrObvious

You'd think God would want much smarter representatives as spokespeople but there you have it.


MementoMori
MementoMori

Apparently intolerant religious nuts follow TIME on twitter.

Who'd a thunk it....

EniolaDGreat
EniolaDGreat

@TIMEPolitics Shame on Sen Carper for endorsing same sex marriage. Soon you wld be talking about endorsing "Man and Animal Marriage" SHAME!!

ladyoflzur
ladyoflzur

@TIMEPolitics They're not really endorsing unatural marriage, they're endorsing the future of their political careers!

sacredh
sacredh

I wonder when they'll take a walk on the wild side if they think it'll translate into votes?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@EniolaDGreat @TIMEPolitics 

What I find disturbing is that some religionutters spend so much time thinking about the gays and animals.

Tero
Tero

@EniolaDGreat @TIMEPolitics 

Shame on you for being an ignorant bigot. SHAME!!!!!!!

TyPollard
TyPollard

@EniolaDGreat @TIMEPolitics 

Man and Animal Marriage wouldn't be fair to the puppies. Think of the puppies.

...yes, you are being mocked.

sacredh
sacredh

Your post exhibits a blatant disregard for animals. Dogs love people. There's no reason on earth why we shouldn't love them back.

sacredh
sacredh

When she looked up at me with those big eyes, wagged her tailed and unfurled that tongue...I knew that I couldn't say no. I was a goner.

IrishinToronto
IrishinToronto

@sacredh hmmm,  my dog never talks to me, he doesn't like what I feed him, he always wants the toilet seat left up, he sleeps with every b---h in the neighbourhood but never has sex with me, he hogs the entire bed...   I thought we WERE married.

sacredh
sacredh

My dog is more twisted than I am. I asked her "What kind of sex do you like?".

Ruff!!

TyPollard
TyPollard

@sacredh 

There you go again...blaming the victim. 

Ooooh, Fido dressed too provocatively and got drunk. NOT! 

NO means NO even if cute, cuddly canines can't communicate verbally.