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US: Senator Bill Nelson declares support for marriage equality as ‘God created us all with rights’

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  1. “Only six of the 53 Democratic Senators have yet to come out in support for marriage equality, compared to 43 out of 45 Republicans.”
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    Surely this must be the wrong way round? I would have thought the majority of Democrats would be in favour of marriage equality, and the majority of Republicans would be against it.

    1. jamestoronto 6 Apr 2013, 5:18am

      Precisely. I posted this in another item’s Comments:

      “Only four of the 53 Democratic Senators have yet to come out in support for marriage equality, compared to 43 out of 45 Republicans.” This statement in this item and in another post has to be incorrect. I think the confusion arises with the “have yet to come out in support” bit. the “to” should not be there. The way it reads as you have almost all the Republican Party supports equal marriage and almost the entire Democratic caucus is opposed. Not so.
      There are only four Democratic holdouts Mark Pryor (Ark), Joe Manchin (W.Va), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Tim Johnson (S.D.) to declare FOR equal marriage as opposed to almost ALL the Republican caucus which is AGAINST equal marriage.

      1. bobbleobble 6 Apr 2013, 4:58pm

        I disagree with both of you. The sentence is correct, they have yet to come out in support which means as yet they haven’t come out in support. I’m not sure why you’re confused about the meaning.

        1. You are correct, but the sentence is terribly written, since I too had the impression initially taht it was the other way round. It should not speak of how many haven’t come out for it, but how many have to avoid confuse and then it can be written in a most straightforward and understandable manner.

  2. The article is stating only 6 (actually, now 4) Dems haven’t ‘evolved’ on the issue… compared to 43 of 45 Republicans who are still against.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 5 Apr 2013, 6:04pm

    Although I appreciate Senator Nelson’s support, I do wish American politicians would desist from saying god created us all with rights. First of all, god didn’t create us, our parents did. Secondly, equal rights were devised by men and written down into law. The French and American constitutions are two examples of that. Of course, we don’t have a written constitution since our rights are enshrined in common law also set down by men.

    1. I should have read what you said first. You pretty much covered what I said but said it 2 hours earlier.

    2. god didn’t created us. we created god (‘we’ as in our lowly mammalian species)

  4. I thought god thought women were inferior, or has that changed now? I didn’t realise.

    I always though our rights were a result of evolution into a civilised society and developed along with consciousness, democracy and theories of morality.

    If we had relied on religion we would still be waiting. Most people in the world are still waiting.

    How many teeth has this guy got.

  5. Don’t confuse the will with a right. He gave us a will to do whatever we want, good or bad. But in the end, we all (Christians, Atheists) will have to answer for our actions. God also gave us the law to follow.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 6 Apr 2013, 12:45pm

      And you know that for sure, Bob? Why is it nobody has ever come back from the gave to prove it?

      The bible also says the world is only 6,000 years old, but science provides proof that it’s genesis is billions of years old. The recent Higgs-Boson particle discovery blows the creationist rubbish out of the water. Mankind is a lot older than the fictitious Adam & Eve nonsense too. Can you seriously say believe that a woman was created out of a rib of a man during a deep slumber, while science proves totally the opposite? If you do, then explain how the world became populated? Two opposite sex people couldn’t possibly have brought that about unless there were many many others involved. It would imply copious incest among their fictitious offspring wouldn’t it? Perhaps all that inbreeding has been passed down to the religious ingrates opposed to equal marriage. It’s a known fact that incest breeds blithering idiots and other genetic deformities.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 6 Apr 2013, 12:47pm

        …Can you seriously believe… I meant to have said.

    2. God gave us a law ? OK Bob, next time your daughter or sister is raped and according to the law given by your Abrahamic God she has to marry her rapist and never divorce him I hope you think better about your God’s law.

  6. Thank you and God bless you Senator, and God bless the United States of America.

    ALL human beings are created free and equal in dignity and rights the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says. No exceptions.

  7. For anything to pass the Senate you need at least 60 votes as a absolute minimum – not 51, not 53 and not 55. Please remember that.

    It is called a “Fillibuster” when you do not have the required60 votes as a minimum to pass anything in the Senate!

    No wonder why nothing or very few laws ever passes the Senate!

    Now the next question whill it ever pass the House of Reps – because you need at least 200 votes there too!

    Good luck!!!!!!

    DOMA will be repealed in the year 2050 at least!

  8. God didn’t create anyone or anything, but thanks anyway dude.

    1. He looks like an advert for toothpaste.

      Or bad wigs.

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