Delaware’s top Democratic Senator Tom Carper supports marriage equality

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US Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware) came out in support of marriage equality via his official Facebook page earlier on Tuesday.

“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,” writes Carper on Facebook.

“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.”

A Delaware News Journal poll released in January showed 52 percent in favor of same-sex marriages.

Carper received a B.A. in economics at the The Ohio State University on a Navy R.O.T.C. scholarship, and went on to complete five years of service in the Navy as a naval flight officer, continuing to serve in the Naval Reserve until his military retirement in 1991.

He served as the 71st Governor of Delaware from 1993 to 2001.

Carper began his senate career as Delaware’s junior senator in 2001, and was re-elected in 2006. When Joe Biden stepped down to become Vice-President in 2009, Carper became Delaware’s senior senator.

With this most recent coming out, there are only seven Democratic senators left who have not publicly supported same-sex marriage. These include Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Bill Nelson of Florida, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.  

Carper holds seats on the Senate Finance Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. He also chairs the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety and the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security.

He also serves as the co-chairman of the Senate Nuclear Caucus, the Senate Recycling Caucus, and the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.

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