WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) became the latest Democrat to publicly support marriage equality, announcing the news on his Facebook page Tuesday morning.
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 shift on same-sex marriage, which comes a day after Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) announced his support for marriage equality, leaves just seven Senate Democrats in opposition. The remaining holdouts are Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). Only one Republican senator, Rob Portman (R-Ohio), has announced his support for same-sex marriage.