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In a coordinated effort, separate MoveOn members have launched campaigns targeting some of the last Democratic senators who won’t oppose DOMA. Check them out here and help these equality stragglers change their minds.
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1. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)
VICTORY UPDATE 04/02/13: Sen. Tom Carper has released this statement today.
“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.“
2. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
VICTORY UPDATE 04/05/2013: Sen. Joe Donnelly has released this statement today:
“In recent years, our country has been involved in an important discussion on the issue of marriage equality. While serving in the House of Representatives, I had the opportunity to act on a core belief of mine: we are a stronger country when we draw on the strengths of all Americans. I voted to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and was an original supporter of the bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of their sexual orientation. It is also for that reason that I oppose amending either Indiana’s or our nation’s constitution to enshrine in those documents an ‘us’ and a ‘them,’ instead of a ‘we.’ With the recent Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion of same-sex marriage, I have been thinking about my past positions and votes. In doing so, I have concluded that the right thing to do is to support marriage equality for all.”
3. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
VICTORY UPDATE 04/05/2013: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has released this statement today:
“In speaking with North Dakotans from every corner of our great state, and much personal reflection, I have concluded the federal government should no longer discriminate against people who want to make lifelong, loving commitments to each other or interfere in personal, private, and intimate relationships. I view the ability of anyone to marry as a logical extension of this belief. The makeup of families is changing, but the importance of family is enduring.”
4. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD)
VICTORY UPDATE 04/08/13: Sen. Tim Johnson has released this statement today.
“After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation,” Johnson said in a statement. “This position doesn’t require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom.”
5. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
6. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)
7. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
VICTORY UPDATE 04/04/13: Sen. Bill Nelson has released this statement today:
“It is generally accepted in American law and U.S. society today ‘… that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.’ I believe that. The civil rights and responsibilities for one must pertain to all.
“Thus, to discriminate against one class and not another is wrong for me. If we are endowed by our Creator with rights, then why shouldn’t those be attainable by Gays and Lesbians?”
8. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)
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