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Dodd Supports Marriage Equality

Timothy Kincaid

June 22nd, 2009

Senator Dodd of Connecticut has adopted a supportive position on marriage equality (NY Times):

Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut, has changed his position on gay marriage, announcing over the weekend that he now supports it.

Mr. Dodd, who finds himself in a tough fight for reelection next year, had already backed civil unions, but had rejected endorsing gay marriage during his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.

His reversal comes on the heels of growing upset among gay activists toward President Obama and his administration, many of whom called the president’s decision last week to extend partnership benefits extension as a minor move.

It’s interesting that in some places it’s a political liability to oppose marriage equality.

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David C.
June 22nd, 2009 | LINK

In my view, the essential remark made By Senator Dodd in his posting was:

“The reason was simple: I was raised to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. And as many other Americans have realized as they’ve struggled to reconcile the principle of fairness with the lessons they learned early in life, that’s not an easy thing to overcome.

“But the fact that I was raised a certain way just isn’t a good enough reason to stand in the way of fairness anymore.”

Were it that all the Carrie Pregeans, Margaret Gallaghers, and a whole host of others might re-examine their prejudices and update their world view as Senator Dodd has done.

We should all welcome Senator Dodd into our camp and encourage him to invite his colleagues in the Senate (and elsewhere in public service) to join him.

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