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Gay Marriage Plank Will Be In Democratic Party Platform At Convention

2:03 pm - 07/30/2012
WASHINGTON -- A Democratic Party source confirmed to The Huffington Post that the party will include a plank supporting marriage equality in its official platform at the upcoming convention.

The news, first reported by the Washington Blade, represents a historic and phenomenal win for LGBT rights groups, which could hardly have envisioned progress being made so quickly on this front.

The Democratic source relayed that officials unanimously agreed at a recent platform drafting committee meeting in Minneapolis to adopt language endorsing same-sex marriage. Several steps must be taken before the language is codified. A full platform committee will consider the draft in a meeting in Detroit in two weeks. It will then go to the convention delegates in Charlotte for final approval. But the deal is more or less final.

Retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass), a member of the drafting committee who recently married his longtime partner, told the Advocate that the decision was reached without dissent.

"The fact is, by every action that should be taken, the Democrats in Washington have repudiated DOMA," he said, referring to the 1996 law signed by President Bill Clinton that barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage.

According to the Blade, 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."

The Democratic National Committee had hesitated to push for same-sex marriage as a platform plank as recently as this March, with LGBT sources telling The Huffington Post that they were getting pushback from party officials. But that all changed when President Barack Obama, prompted by remarks from Vice President Joe Biden, came out in favor of marriage equality.

"We are grateful for the Platform Drafting Committee’s unanimous vote to include the freedom to marry in its draft of the Democratic Party platform," said Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry. "As I testified to the Committee on Friday, the Democratic Party has a noble history of fighting for the human and civil rights of all Americans. We are proud that the Committee is including language that will ensure the Party is leading the way forward in supporting marriage for loving and committed same-sex couples and their families."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest demurred when asked Monday afternoon about Obama's reaction to gay marriage being included in the party platform, directing all questions to the DNC.


sophiaserpentia 30th-Jul-2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
So is ENDA apparently, which TBH I'm a lot more concerned about.
teacoat 30th-Jul-2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
But is it going to include trans* people this time?
sophiaserpentia 30th-Jul-2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Who knows. I think the last one that came up for a vote did.

ETA: Apparently the last two times ENDA was introduced it had language including gender identity.

Edited at 2012-07-30 08:14 pm (UTC)
schmiss 30th-Jul-2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
A good step forward. Encouraging when you remember 10 years ago, when vague support for civil unions was about as radical as prominent Democrats would get.
yeats 30th-Jul-2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
redstar826 30th-Jul-2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remember when I first came out 10 years ago (holy shit, when did I get so old??) same-sex marriage in general seemed like a pretty far off dream
akuma_river 3rd-Aug-2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Evolution of cultural thought and acceptance. It can be a beautiful thing.
brother_dour 30th-Jul-2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
It's about time. It should be. I mean, we all know what the Republican's stance is on the issue. It may be loathsome and horrible, but they're honest. Is it just me, or have the Democrats been pussyfooting around the issue from an official standpoint?
redstar826 30th-Jul-2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
I think it has varied some from from place to place (I'm pretty sure marriage equality was part of the platform the last time I went to a convention for my state Democratic party. In 2010 I think). But yeah, on the whole the Republican Party has been much more vocal and upfront in their opposition to gay rights than the Democratic Party has been with their support.
rex_dart 30th-Jul-2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
I am going to go ahead and feel good about this. I never get to feel good about shit so fuck it.
emofordino 30th-Jul-2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
same! it's still a step forward, and that is what is important, imo, especially considering that we're regressing in so many areas in this country. at least this is progress.
bethan_b_bad 30th-Jul-2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on this. *fistbump*

(On a semi-related note: today I am wearing rainbow necklace, earrings and bracelet and co-ordinating with rainbow toenails and fingernails. I am the queerest rainbowiest Bethan.)
crossfire 30th-Jul-2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Agreed 100%.
gloraelin 31st-Jul-2012 01:58 am (UTC)
Yep, same here.
lil_insanity 30th-Jul-2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
This rocks. Nice to hear good news. :)
bethan_b_bad 30th-Jul-2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
What did Biden say to Obama to get him to quote-unquote "come out" in favour of gay marriage? *nosy*
rkt 30th-Jul-2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
i think a lot of it really is sasha's and malia's "don't be uncool,dad!" influence.
redstar826 30th-Jul-2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Biden said publicly that he was in favor of gay marriage like a week or two before Obama did. Depending on who you ask, it either a)forced Obama to do the same even though he had not planned on raising the issue or b)it was planned all along that Biden would test the waters before Obama's announcement.
brother_dour 31st-Jul-2012 04:54 am (UTC)
Considering how almost useless the position of VP is, I'm going with b. That way, Biden at least gets to contribute!
wrestlingdog 31st-Jul-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
moonbladem 31st-Jul-2012 09:50 am (UTC)
... "We are proud that the Committee is including language that will ensure the Party is leading the way forward in supporting marriage for loving and committed same-sex couples and their families."

Good for them. Love and commitment are what makes a marriage, not the sex of the people involved.

I'm looking forward to seeing the day that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states. That would be a wonderful day indeed. It'll take years for that to happen but I hope I'll still be around to witness it.
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