Urge Democrats to support marriage equality for gays in platform
It is getting harder and harder to find Democratic party politicans who don't support marriage equality for gays and lesbians in the U.S. But there is no guarantee that the Democratic party will have in its' platform this year, a statement in support of marriage equality. In 2008, it didn't have any statement on the matter, while in contrast the Republican party was actively hostile in its' position on the issue. The GOP is likely to have a similiar negative statement this election, though even among Republicans there is increasing support on marriage equality for gays and lesbians in America. But since the religious rightwing dominate the GOP still, don't expect that to change all that much in that party. The fact is, various polls such as CNN and Gallup showed in 2011 for the first time, majority support in the U.S. for marriage equality. This is good news, and more good news is states such as Maryland and Washington this year signing on to full marriage rights to its' gay and lesbian citizens. Now, Democratic voters are as a group, are strongly in favor of marriage equality. So, if there is no platform that expresses this support in words, why not? You can advocate to the Democratic party Platform Drafting Committee to support marriage equality by signing onto this petition. The statement by the organization Freedom to Marry, urges the committee to include this plank in their discussions: The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples.