Marriage Equality Plank Drafted into Democratic Platform in Unanimous Vote: Report


A marriage equality plank has been drafted into the Democratic Party Platform, the Washington Blade's Chris Johnson reports:

FrankRetiring gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who sits on the committee, told the Washington Blade on Monday that the 15-member panel unanimously backed the inclusion of a marriage equality plank after a national hearing over the weekend in Minneapolis, in which several witnesses testified in favor of such language.

“I was part of a unanimous decision to include it,” Frank said. “There was a unanimous decision in the drafting committee to include it in the platform, which I supported, but everybody was for it.”

Frank emphasized that support for marriage equality is a position that has been established for the Democratic Party, from the president, who endorsed marriage equality in May, to House Democratic lawmakers who voted to reject an amendment reaffirming the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this month.

A DNC staffer, who is familiar with the process and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the language in the platform approved on Sunday not only backs marriage equality, but also rejects DOMA and has positive language with regard to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The exact wording of the language wasn’t immediately available.


  1. gr8guya says

    A plank in a political party’s platform is pretty meaningless. The candidates are not compelled to enact the positions in the plank. In most cases, it’s an acknowledgment of the support that a group brings to that political party. LGBT gets a plank in the Democrat platform; NRA gets a plank in the Republican platform. And the game of politics moves on.

  2. jamal49 says

    Good. A stark, clear contrast between parties. As for a party’s plank being meaningless, that is absurd. Whether the party’s candidate supports all the positions of the plank is irrelevant. It is a general statement of where the party stands on issues as a whole. The Dems are making it clear: LGBT people deserve civil equality.

  3. GB says

    The Democrats have finally caved in. Romney is getting so much money, that they are desperate for votes. This is much like the Immigration move. Don’t be fooled that America is suddenly in love with gay marriage — this is a ploy for votes, and a risky one, by the Democrats.

  4. says

    A plank in a party’s platform is not meaningless. It indicates what the mainstream position of the party is. In 2012 the mainstream position in the Democratic party is marriage equality. In 2012 the mainstream position in the Republican party is preserving DOMA and putting forward a constitutional amendment to undo all legal same-sex marriages. A stark difference.

    Nice try at trolling, GB, under one of your many names.

  5. says

    Thank God I can vote for alternative party candidates who already have LGBT equality in their platforms and are also pro-woman’s rights, pro-racial equality, pro-labor, pro-peace, and pro-environment as apposed to the Democrats who claim to be but in action end up being as awful as the Republicans.

    Let’s not forget that there are still anti-equality and anti-choice Democrats (just as there are some pro-equality and pro-choice Republicans).

    Let’s not forget that Democrats helped get Alito and Roberts into the Supreme Court.

    Senate Democrats regret supporting Roberts

    It’s a wasted vote to vote for the same 2 parties of perpetual war, poverty, debt, and the erosion of civil liberties over and over while expecting different results.

    If you’re an LGBT person expecting open minds on marriage equality yet are unwilling to be open minded voting for alternative party options then that’s hypocritical.

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    As quickly as the Occupy movement arose, an advancement or alternative party movement could arise before November too.

  6. Name: says

    Ohh wait…uh aren’t we under the democrats tent…what’s that….oh ok send more money and we’ll have a vote, what’s that? send money first?

  7. gr8guyca says

    @ Ernie and Jamal 49: Yes, a plank indicates the beliefs of a party. But in practical terms – what will actually get implemented – it doesn’t indicate what will occur. It’s nice to have the statement of support, but don’t pin your hopes on it.

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