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DNC Chair Predicts Marriage Equality Inclusion For Democratic Platform

WassermanSchultzDemocratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she plans on seeing marriage equality included in her party's official policy platform.

"I expect marriage equality to be a plank in the national party platform," the Florida Representative told Philadelphia Gay News. "Now, our platform committee process is a people-powered process. We have a platform committee and the platform is developed by our Democratic activists and the platform committee members, so they’ll go through a process. I hope that marriage equality, and expect that marriage equality, will be part of our platform."

Rep. Wasserman Schultz also said that while many Democrats remain committed to passing a transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, groundwork needs to be in place before a serious effort can get going. "Just like what we went through with the hate-crimes law, in order to make sure that we could pass an inclusive hate-crimes law — we had to go through the community — we had to go through an education process. There had to be more outreach," she explained.

"We’ve been going through the same process with ENDA. I think really the last barrier to achieving ENDA is making sure that we have a Democratic majority in Congress so that we can send it to President Barack Obama for his signature. We have a Republican Congress that is so extreme."

As for whether the party will specifically help lesbian Rep. Tammy Baldwin win her Senatorial race, Wasserman-Schutlz says that's a question for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, but promised "Tammy Baldwin is going to be the next U.S. senator from Wisconsin."

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  1. As imperfect and compromised as it is, there really is only one party for sane people to vote for

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 19, 2012 1:22:46 PM

  2. ^Mike, what an enlightening comment! Both parties are guilty of pandering.

    Posted by: ? | Jul 19, 2012 1:26:02 PM

  3. I agree, "?": we're all guilty of pandering. I'm just glad the Dems have *finally* grown some balls and started playing dirrrty like the 'Pubs. That, PLUS marriage equality on the platform? Kvetching.

    Posted by: Phil | Jul 19, 2012 1:34:17 PM

  4. Heh. For a second I thought that was Chelsea Clinton from her awkward phase.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 19, 2012 2:32:41 PM

  5. "?", better they pander to us than to the nutjobs who want to round us up like Romney is doing.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jul 19, 2012 4:38:48 PM

  6. Er, didn't Obama already say they were going to put this in their official platform months ago when he came out in support of marriage equality ? This should have been done already.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 19, 2012 4:46:11 PM

  7. Newsflash: Obama does not dictate the platform.

    Posted by: melvin | Jul 19, 2012 4:49:33 PM

  8. Lol anytime someone says they are actively PRO gay, they must be pandering and can't be genuine (according to homophobes$
    But anytime someone is vocally against us, they and only they are being sincere.
    Gimme a break

    Posted by: JL | Jul 19, 2012 4:52:19 PM

  9. I love debbie wasserman She's a pioneer on so many ways and I really enjoy when she does interviews because she's so well spoken. Here's to one day seeing her as the first female president- which many say is a possibility.

    Posted by: Tony | Jul 19, 2012 4:56:45 PM

  10. PHIL: I think you mean kvelling.

    Posted by: UM FROM UMBRIDGE | Jul 19, 2012 5:04:09 PM

  11. "I think really the last barrier to achieving ENDA is making sure that we have a Democratic majority in Congress"

    This is exactly what they said 10 years ago. And there was a Democratic majority and President from 2009-2010. We even had some Republicans co-sponsors for EDNA. But EDNA was still never brought to a vote. Why should we believe it this time?

    Posted by: Ken | Jul 19, 2012 8:31:36 PM

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    Posted by: AlexB | Jul 19, 2012 10:57:58 PM

  13. I think it is a mistake to put it in the platform. Although, I intend to vote for Obama, I believe that many signs indicate that Romney will win in november.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 20, 2012 12:18:51 AM

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