April 2, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Carper endorses same-sex marriage

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Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) (Photo public domain)

Delaware Sen. Tom Carper on Tuesday became the latest Senate Democrat to publicly endorse marriage rights for same-sex couples.

“As our society has changed and evolved, so too has the public’s opinion on gay marriage – and so has mine,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “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 statement comes a day after Delaware Congressman John Carney and Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey announced their support of nuptials for gays and lesbians. It also coincides with the expected introduction of a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in the First State.

“We thank Senator Carper for standing with the majority of Delawareans who support marriage equality,” Equality Delaware said in a statement. “We’re honored to have such strong support from our statewide elected officials in Delaware.”

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.,) Mary Landrieu (D-La.,) Mark Pryor (D-Ark.,) Bill Nelson (D-Fla.,) Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.,) Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) are the only Senate Democrats who have yet to publicly back nuptials for gays and lesbians.

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk on Tuesday also announced his support of marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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