Sen. Bill Nelson supports gay marriage

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Bill Nelson

ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson now supports gay marriage.

In a special column for the Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/17fSaWH), the moderate Democrat explained Thursday, "The civil rights and responsibilities for one must pertain to all. Thus, to discriminate against one class and not another is wrong for me."

Nelson pledged to add his name to the petition of senators asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare the law that prohibits gay marriage unconstitutional.

Nelson had previously supported civil unions for gay people but had believed marriage should be between a man and a woman.

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