A day after President Barack Obama announced support for gay marriage and on the eve of his accepting an award from Miami-Dade County’s leading gay rights group, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has tip-toed out of the political closet.
“I have a record fighting against discrimination and standing up for people’s civil rights based on their sexual orientation,” Nelson said in an email Thursday to The Miami Herald, not revealing whether he agrees with Obama’s progressive stance on gay couples marrying. “I believe marriage should be left to the states, and Florida voted on same-sex marriage in 2008.”
“That’s interestingly safe,” said C.J. Ortuño, executive director of SAVE Dade, which Friday night presents Nelson its 2012 Champions of Equality Award. “Bill spent his whole career saying I’m not this liberal Democrat, parts of me are conservative.”