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Why Obama’s Support for Marriage Equality Matters

Jim Burroway

May 10th, 2012

Since President Barack Obama’s historic statement yesterday endorsing marriage equality, other Democratic leaders have stumbled over each other to make sure everyone knows that they, too, support the right of gay couples to marry. Chris Geidner ran down the list:

What this means, yes, is that all of the elected leaders of the national Democratic Party now support marriage equality.

…Outside of Congress, the heads of the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee do as well. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) at the DNC, Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) at the DCCC and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) at the DSCC all have been supporters of marriage equality.

All three groups — the DNC, DCCC and DSCC — have sent out emails in support of the president’s position in the day since his announcement in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts.

There is still some question as to whether a plank on marriage equality will make its way onto the Democratic platform this summer. But it is safe to say that this raises the bar considerably. Welcome to the twenty-first century.

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Michael C
May 11th, 2012 | LINK

I am hesitant to endorse including marriage equality in the Democratic platform simply because it should not be a partisan issue. By drawing party lines on marriage, we are encouraging Republicans to oppose equality.

Nathan F
May 11th, 2012 | LINK

The Republicans already oppose equality. Their platform opposed marriage equality in every election since 1992.

The majority of Democrats (and independents) support marriage equality. They’d be foolish not to include it in the platform.

Priya Lynn
May 11th, 2012 | LINK

Michael, if the Democrats don’t put marriage equality in their platform then they simply get out of the way to allow Republicans to increasingly add laws to cement marriage discrimination in society. The only way the Democrats can be non-partisan about marriage equality is if the Republicans agree to do so as well and they will never do that.

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