Nearly 35,000 Freedom to Marry supporters thank Democrats for historic party platform
October 04, 2012
Yesterday, Freedom to Marry's Federal Director Jo Deutsch delivered a letter to the Democratic National Committee's Deputy Political Director Steve Walker. The letter thanks the Democratic Party for adding a plank supporting the freedom to marry to their official national party platform. Nearly 35,000 Freedom to Marry supporters signed the letter voicing their enthusiastic appreciation for the Democrats taking this historic step forward in the campaign to win marriage for all loving and committed couples.
In early September, the Democrats officially ratifying their party platform - their vision for where the future of the United States should be headed on a wide range of policy issues - at the Democratic National Convention. The Democrats are now on record as the first major political party in U.S. history in favor of true and full equality for same-sex couples.
The final language for the platform includes a section proclaiming Democratic Party support for the freedom to marry. Although the Democratic platform has previously declared support for repealing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, this is the first time that the platform supports fully ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The language of the platform reads:
Freedom to Marry: 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 charge for this plank supporting the freedom to marry through Democrats: Say I Do, our campaign to encourage Democratic elected officials to speak out about the importance of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. The campaign picked up incredible momentum this year, earning outspoken support from 22 Democratic senators, the Chair of this year's DNC, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Caroline Kennedy, and nine other co-chairs of President Obama's reelection campaign - plus more than 42,000 Americans who added their name to our online petition.
Thanks for signing the "thank you" letter to the Democrats!