Democrats Add Marriage Equality To Party Platform

250px-Claudia_J_KennedyThe Democratic National Committee platform group met in Detroit yesterday to hammer out their party's platform — a 50-page document that'll be formally endorsed next month at the Democratic National Convention.

In a meeting led by Newark mayor Cory Booker and Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, and attended by approximately 120 party leaders from across the country (and, in a few cases, from beyond), Democrats created a platform that called for, among other things, renewed commitments to fossil fuel efficiency and continued efforts to combat nuclear proliferation. Nothing much controversial made the platform — as Detroit News notes, the platform doesn't endorse The DREAM Act, and it "sidesteps" arguments about the role of Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But the platform does call for the end of DOMA, for marriage equality, and for the word "family," when it appears in immigration reform, to refer to all kinds of families.

From the Washington Blade:

Cory-Booker-300x232Language on marriage equality — which is being included in the Democratic Party platform for the first time — was accepted without amendment and without significant discussion.

Among the committee members who delivered remarks was Scott Dibble, a gay state senator from Minnesota, who said he’s “extremely pleased” with the marriage equality plank, saying the language “should be taken as an affirmation on something that we all value and cherish, and that is what marriage means and that marriage really matters.”

Said Mayor Booker:

We must stand as Democrats. We must stand for the middle class. We must stand for equality and inclusion and whether you are a single mother here in Detroit, whether you or a gay man in San Francisco, whether you are a blue collar worker in Newark, New Jersey, this is the party for you.


  1. TerryA says

    You sure as hell aren’t going to get anything even remotely like equality from Romney/Ryan, that’s for damn sure. I know LCR and GOProud were all but jacking off over the choice of Ryan, but we know they really don’t give a damn about equality, anyway.

  2. EchtKultig says

    You’ll get something worse than no equality…Romney’s SCOTUS appointments will send the country back to the 1890s. It’s quite easy to imagine Lawrence vs. Texas being reconsidered; I’m sure some closeted, homophobic little twerps in state legislatures are frothing at the mouth with the thought of another chance for a supreme court challenge. Kennedy and Ginsberg may not last much longer. If Romney gets to replace them that would only leave 3 justices with a record of supporting gay rights. As the Ryan selection shows, nothing is sacred with today’s ultra-right wing. These people make Nixon look like Francois Mitterand. Their vision is: no social security as we know it, no medicare/medicaid, no EPA, no public education…and no progressivity of taxes whatsoever. Ryan’s plan would lower Romney’s personal taxation rate to < 1% and raise taxes of 99.9% of the people reading this.

  3. G says

    When Scott Dibble says that the plank represents something we can all “value and cherish” I sincerely hope that we can keep this in mind when we learn that it greatly contributed to us losing the election.

  4. Bill Perdue says

    Meaningless election year baby kissing (and it certainly worked on EchtKultig) until the Demorats repeal the Bill Clinton/Rethug DOMA and pass a bill forbidding anti-GLBT discrimination education, housing and civil affairs.

  5. EchtKultig says

    Bill: Don’t put words in my mouth, you moron. I’d have said the same thing if the democrats hadn’t added this to their plank. In fact, I almost wish they hadn’t. There’s a risk in doing so.
    I guess you hate both parties if you refer to them as Demorats and Rethugs. Fine. That Republican values are 10X as anti-gay as those of the Democratic party are obvious to anybody who isn’t partially brain damaged. I guess you are? Look at some of the various state Republican party planks: gay sex should be recriminalized, gays should not be allowed to adapt children, gays should not be able to teach in schools, and not only no gay marriage or civil unions but the outlawing of any contracts that would effectively result in some of the same benefits (Virginia Republicans and freaky closet case Bob Marshall’s inventiveness at work)

  6. EchtKultig says

    Oops…of course I meant ADOPT children. Fighting the trollbots is exhausting work. I’ve been doing it all weekend on other forums regarding the Ryan announcement.

  7. Bill Perdue says

    EchtKultig Republicans are right wing bigots, racists, union busters and warmongers with a televangelist attached at the hip. The’re lapdogs of the rich.

    Democrats are Republicans in drag.

    Republicans aren’t fascists and Democrats aren’t leftists. They’re not even liberals anymore. Obama is the right of Nixon.

  8. says

    By adding a same-sex Marriage provision to the party platform this year you are costing the President millions of votes. Please please please do not do this. i live in a small town in southeast TN and there is virulent opposition to this. It is not worth the cost!!!!

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