Former DNC chairs support freedom to marry plank on 2012 Democratic platform
April 04, 2012
Today four former chairs of the Democratic National Convention joined Freedom to Marry’s Democrats: Say I Do campaign by announcing their support for a freedom to marry plank in the 2012 Democratic Party platform.
“We are proud that the Democratic Party fights for working families, economic justice, and equal opportunity for all. Times change but our principles must always remain strong. That is why, as former chairs of the Democratic National Committee, we stand with Freedom to Marry, 22 Democratic senators, Leader Nancy Pelosi, and more than 35,000 Americans in urging the Party to include a freedom to marry plank in the platform that is ratified at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this September,” said former chairs Howard Dean, Donald Fowler, Steve Grossman, and David Wilhelm.
Dean served as DNC Chair from 2005 to 2009, following his run for the presidency in 2004. Fowler served as DNC Chair from 1995 to 1997, during President Bill Clinton’s re-election campaign. Grossman served as DNC Chair during President Bill Clinton’s second term, from 1997 to 1999. Wilhelm served as Chair during President Clinton’s first term, from 1993 to 1994. The four figures have also all served in other key capacities in Democratic politics.
"Fighting for families, freedom, and inclusion in the American Dream is the Democratic Party’s DNA -- its history, values, and vision for the country. That's why so many of the most influential Party leaders -- including, today four of the most recent Party chairs -- support a freedom to marry plank in the Democratic Party platform,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, in response to the announcement.
To join the nearly 36,000 Americans who have signed Freedom to Marry’s Democrats: Say I Do petition, click here.