According to USA Today:
“In emotional comments, senators told of family members who are gay; their own conflicts between religion and social justice. For Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, D-North Las Vegas, it was a coming out of sorts when he announced to many, ‘I’m black. I’m gay.’ “
According to ThinkProgress.org:
” ‘I know this is the first time many of you have heard me say that I am a black, gay male.’ Atkinson pointed out that his father’s interracial marriage would have similarly been banned decades ago, suggesting to detractors, ‘If this hurts your marriage, then your marriage was in trouble in the first place.’ ”
The Senate voted 12-9 to repeal the heterosexual definition of marriage.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry