Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) Supports Marriage Equality; Only 7 Senate Dems Remain

sen_tom_carper_delSen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware) has become the latest Democratic Senator to come out publicly in support of marriage equality. He announced the news this morning 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’s announcement comes just one day after Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) endorsed marriage equality. According to the Huffington Post, just seven Senate Democratic holdouts remain who have not yet evolved on same-sex marriage. I’ll list them below, along with contact information and links to their web and social media pages:

  1. Joe Donnelly, Indiana: website, contact, Facebook, Twitter, DC office: 202.224.4814
  2. Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota: website, contact, Facebook, Twitter, Twitter 2, DC office: 202.224.2043
  3. Tim Johnson, South Dakota: website, contact, Facebook, Twitter, DC office: 202.224.5842
  4. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana: website, contact, Facebook, Facebook 2, Twitter, DC office: 202.224.5824
  5. Joe Manchin, West Virginia: website, contact, Facebook, Twitter, DC office: 202.224.3954
  6. Bill Nelson, Florida: website, contact, Facebook, Twitter, DC office: 202.224.5274
  7. Mark Pryor, Arkansas: website, contact, Facebook, Twitter, DC office: 202.224.2353

Please join me in pressuring these seven Democratic Senators to do the right thing and declare publicly that every American, regardless of sexual orientation, deserves the freedom to marry the person they love.

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John M. Becker

John M. Becker is an LGBT activist, writer, and blogger. In addition to his full-time work as an LGBT rights activist, Becker is an accomplished classical musician, holding the master of music degree in vocal performance. A native of Wisconsin, Becker now lives in Vermont with his beloved husband Michael.


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