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A Majority of the Senate Now Supports Gay Marriage

BOCA RATON, FL - SEPTEMBER 28: U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) speaks before the arrival of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign event at the Century Village Clubhouse on September 28, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. Biden continues to campaign across the country before the general election. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Photo: Joe Raedle/2012 Getty Images

A Democratic senator declaring his or her support for gay marriage just isn’t as thrilling as it was a few weeks ago, but Florida senator Bill Nelson’s switch is still notable as he’s the 51st senator to endorse same-sex marriage. “If we are endowed by our creator with rights, then why shouldn’t those be attainable by gays and lesbians?” Nelson said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday, adding, “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.” Now there are only six Senate Democrats who haven’t jumped on the marriage equality bandwagon.

A Majority of the Senate Supports Gay Marriage