Bill Nelson’s Huffington Post problem

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If you visited the front page of the Huffington Post on Tuesday, you’d see that Florida Senator Bill Nelson has a major problem on his hands. 

Nelson is one of a handful of Democrats who do not endorse gay marriage. The others include other social conservatives from the party’s moderate wing, including Sens., Bob Casey, Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, Tim Johnson, Mary Landrieu, Joe Manchin, and Mark Pryor.

But don’t look for Nelson or any others from this gang of eight to change their position anytime soon.

After the sudden flip of several Senate Democrats from opposition to endorsement of gay marriage this week, Alex Rogers notes, the stampede may have come to an end, leaving a handful of holdouts in states where opinion still lags the national trend.

As for Nelson, in a statement via email from a media spokesman to the Tampa Tribune‘s William March, Nelson said, “I’ve always stood up for civil rights and I support civil unions, but I believe the institution of marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Senator, that sound you hear is the whistle of the train about to leave the station.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.