I always thought he was an Evangelical. I could be wrong but I think he has (or had) connections to The Family. (I know his wife has been one of the organizers of the National Prayer Breakfast).
That's my guess as to what's holding him back.
You need to be a Bible thumper to get elected in rural Florida.
Yeah, what the hell is he waiting for?
Charlie Crist and Mark Foley
Since there isn't anything for him to vote on in that regard, why should be take a position? A bit ... cautious, but I can't fault him for it at this time.
He's being asked to run for governor next year (in part to save the party from the otherwise inevitable and always inexorable Charlie Crist). I wonder if fear of soon facing the general electorate is informing his conduct.
The Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Jack Seiler, is also "ambivalent" on the subject of same-sex marriage, and he is also thinking of running for governor.
Rick "Luthor" Scott
Nelson is a DINO- that is to say, a genuine Republican pretending to be Democrat. But even some of them (Rahm Emmanuel, for example) have been pro gay marriage.
You're right about him being a DINO. He enabled Dubya Bush for eight years.
yay my thread worked
Rahm Emanuel is actually pretty anti-gay for a Democrat. He is the one that is rumored to have held Obama back on gay rights during the first year or so of his presidency. Other members of the Obama administration wanted Obama to move faster on certain gay rights issues - or at least court the LGBT community better - but Emanuel nixed their input every time.
Not surprising considering people think Emanuel is a closeted mo.
He'd be fun to out. Of course if you were the one who outed him you'd be dead.
What are you people talking about? He endorsed gay marriage yesterday:
Florida Senator Bill Nelson, who said last week that “marriage is between a man and a woman,” said yesterday that he supports marriage equality. “If we are endorsed by our creator with rights, then why shouldn’t those be attainable by gays and lesbians?” he wrote in a statement to The Tampa Bay Times. “Simply put, if the Lord made homosexuals as well as heterosexuals, why should I discriminate against their civil marriage? I shouldn’t, and I won’t. So I will add my name to the petition of senators asking the Supreme Court to declare the law that prohibits gay marriage unconstitutional.”
Some politicians evolve slowly; others make sudden leaps. It’s phyletic gradualism versus punctuated equilibrium.
Regardless, Mr. Nelson’s reversal makes him the eighth Democratic senator to come out in support of same-sex unions in the last two weeks, and the 51st senator overall—a symbolic landmark. An outright majority of the Senate now endorses marriage equality, and it’s actually (just barely) bipartisan: The tally is 49 Democrats and 2 Republicans.
It’s possible that Mr. Nelson is the last of the current wave of converts, at least from the Senate. Only six members of the Democratic caucus have yet to jump, and they’re all from red states. Of that lot, Tim Johnson of South Dakota seems the most likely candidate since he’s announced that he will not run for reelection in 2014.