How red and purple states are growing in support for the freedom to marry
July 03, 2012
Last week, the Democratic Party in the Louisville/Jefferson County of Kentucky approved a resolution to encourage the state's delegates to the Democratic National Convention to support the addition of a "freedom to marry" plank in the official party platform. The Louisville/Jefferson County is the largest county in Kentucky and could hold significant weight for the state's delegates to the DNC.
The resolution was passed last Wednesday by a vote of 16-3, with Anne Lindauer, chair of the 34th legislative district, calling the decision the "right and proper thing to do." Lindauer commented further in The Courier-Journal, saying:
It's just the progression. Years ago, even my generation, my parents' generation, it would have been unthought of. But with my children and grandchildren, it's not any huge issue. We are American, we promote freedom.
The Kentucky Democratic Party has yet to take a position on the freedom to marry. But a number of other state Democratic parties from traditionally "red" or "purple" states - those which tend to vote Republican or are solid "swing states" - have voiced their support for the freedom to marry.
There's certainly been a recent surge of traditionally conservative states growing their support for the freedom to marry. The state Democratic Party organizations in Texas, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Wisconsin have all approved freedom to marry resolutions in the last month, and a number of other red or purple states, including Kansas, Wyoming, and Nebraska, have seen state Democratic Party platforms that endorse marriage or approve more generally of policies that support the LGBT community.
These Democratic Party leaders are supporting a freedom to marry plank because they are committed to fighting for fairness for all families. It's essential that leaders in locations that are usually more hostile to gay issues speak out and build even greater momentum for the freedom to marry nationwide. By supporting marriage for all same-sex couples, these state party organizations are demonstrating valuable, geographically diverse support, and they're allowing other people in their states to feel comfortable voicing their support for marriage, too.