Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee releases language of pro-marriage plank
Aug 09, 2012 at 05:00 pm
We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.
We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.
This year, Freedom to Marry has led the effort to encourage Democratic elected officials to speak out about the freedom to marry in our Democrats: Say I Do campaign. This decision signals a huge success for the organization and is a landmark step forward in the campaign to win marriage nationwide. The Democrats: Say I Do campaign has seen incredible momentum this year, with outspoken support from 22 Democratic Senators, the Chair of this year's Democratic National Convention, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Caroline Kennedy, and nine other co-chairs of President Obama's reelection campaign - plus more than 40,000 Americans who have added their names to our online petition.
Freedom to Marry urges the rest of the Democratic party to sign onto the official platform as is. The platform will become finalized and official at the Democratic National Convention on September 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina.