The flood continued Tuesday as Democratic Sen. Tom Carper endorsed the right of same-sex couples to marry in a statement posted 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 endorsement leaves only seven Senate Democrats who have not yet expressed their support for marriage equality: Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Tim Johnson (S.D.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Bill Nelson (Fla.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.).
Yesterday, Sen. Bob Casey (Pa.) was the latest Senate Democrat to endorse marriage equality, joining Sens. Mark Begich (Alaska), Tim Kaine (Va.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Mark Warner (Va.), who have announced their support for same-sex marriage over the past week as the Supreme Court considered two landmark cases surrounding marriage equality.
Carper's endorsement is particularly important as Delaware considers same-sex marriage legislation. Although a marriage-equality bill has not yet been introduced, the state Legislature is expected to consider such legislation this year.
[Photo: Tom Carper (Courtesy of the U.S. Senate)]