NASHVILLE — Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Park Overall said today she’s fully in support of President Barack Obama’s statement in support of same-sex marriage.
“The 14th Amendment calls for equal rights under the law. I can’t imagine how the fear of same-sex couples has trumped the Constitution for this long,” Overall, an environmental advocate and actress, said in a statement. “As for President Obama saying he’s for gay marriage, all I can say is, hallelujah and what took so long?”
Overall is running in the August Democratic primary in hopes of challenging U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in November.
For “committed, loving couples to be denied the rights of heterosexual couples is prejudicial,” she said. “I am thrilled that my president has taken this highly evolved stances and continues to push the rock uphill. May we continue to strive for the rights of all men and women.”
On Wednesday, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, the state Senate speaker, said they disagreed with Obama’s stance.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...