The Democratic Party, Marriage Equality, and Obama's 'Evolution': VIDEOS
Lots of talk about marriage equality, the Democratic Party platform, and Obama's position last night on Current TV.
Cenk Uygur took on the topic on The Young Turks and said the President's position "is absurd" but he's giving a pardon to Obama.
Michelangelo Signorile joined Uygur to discuss current anti-gay events in Uganda and the lawsuit against Scott Lively, Obama's "evolving" position on marriage equality and "the box" he's put himself in.
Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith joined Jennifer Granholm on Current to discuss the same issue, whether the push for a marriage equality plank in the Democratic Party platform puts him in a tough position.
Watch all the clips, AFTER THE JUMP...
Meanwhile, the Huffington Post reports that while the push for a marriage equality plank in the DNC platform appears to have a lot of momentum in its favor, there is an undercurrent of conflict within the party that hasn't showed its face in the recent cycle:
Interviews with more than a dozen party officials and activists reveal that despite widespread and growing support for marriage equality among Americans, the issue is still viewed as politically sensitive in the top ranks of the Democratic Party. While many high-profile figures have publicly advocated for including strong language in the platform, the Obama campaign and the allied Democratic National Committee are searching for ways to split the difference: showing support for equality but stopping short of a full-fledged endorsement.
Publicly, this friction has yet to surface. During a conference call with reporters on March 7, Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina avoided the matter, saying that all decisions would be made by the convention’s platform committee, whose members had yet to even be chosen.
“There's a process,” he said, “and the DNC will go through that, and we will have a platform.”
Behind the scenes, however, there are concerns that expectations surrounding the platform’s language are moving beyond electoral feasibility.
LGBT rights advocate and former Clinton aide Richard Socarides told The Plum Line's Greg Sargent that Democrats will settle for nothing less:
“There is no reason for delay. This is an issue that everybody knew would come before the platform committee at least since last June, when we passed marriage equality in New York. The Democratic Party needs to stand for full equality for LGBT Americans. There shouldn’t be any issue or discussion over whether the Democratic party supports full equality. Either you’re for full equality or you’re not. Any Democrat who thinks we can finesse this as a party this year is delusional.”