To the Members of the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee:

The Democratic Party has a noble history of fighting for the human and civil rights of all Americans.

We, the undersigned, believe it is time for the party to hold true to this record and add to the legacy by taking a stand in support of the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples.

We urge you to affirm the freedom to marry in the Democratic Party by including this plank in the platform discussion of families:

The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples.

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Freedom to Marry is proud to have the support of the following leaders, elected officials, and organizations in our efforts to include a freedom to marry plank in the 2012 Democratic Party platform.

Elected Officials

Joe Baca US Representative (CA)
Tammy Baldwin US Representative (WI)
Karen Bass US Representative (CA)
Xavier Becerra US Representative (CA)
Michael Bennett US Senator (CO) / Obama Co-Chair
Shelley Berkley US Representative (NV)
Howard Berman US Representative (CA)
Richard Blumenthal US Senator (CT)
Barbara Boxer US Senator (CA)
Sherrod Brown US Senator (OH)
Lois Capps US Representative (CA)
Ben Cardin US Senator (MD)
Judy Chu US Representative (CA)
John Conyers US Representative (MI)
Chris Coons US Senator (DE)
Susan Davis US Representative (CA)
Keith Ellison US Representative (MN) / Co-Chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus
Anna Eshoo US Representative (CA)
Sam Farr US Representative (CA)
Russ Feingold Former US Senator
Diane Feinstein US Senator (CA)
Bob Filner US Representative (CA)
Al Franken US Senator (MN)
Kirsten Gillibrand US Senator (NY)
Charles Gonzalez US Representative (TX) / Obama Co-Chair
Raul Grijalva Co-Chair of Congressional Progressive Caucus
Janice Hahn US Representative (CA)
Tom Harkin US Senator (IA)
Kamala Harris Attorney General of California / Obama Co-Chair
Martin Heinrich US Representative (NM)
Mike Honda US Representative (CA)
Steve Israel US Representative (NY)
John Kerry US Senator (MA)
Frank Lautenberg US Senator (NJ)
Carl Levin US Senator (MI)
Zoe Lofgren US Representative (CA)
Doris Matsui US Representative (CA)
Jim McDermott US Representative (WA)
Jerry McNerney US Representative (CA)
Bob Menendez US Senator (NJ)
Jeff Merkley US Senator (OR)
Barbara Mikulski US Senator (MD)
George Miller US Representative (CA)
Patty Murray US Senator (WA)
Jerrold Nadler US Representative (NY)
Grace Napolitano US Representative (CA)
Gavin Newsom Lieutenant Governor (CA)
Annise Parker Mayor of Houston, TX
Nancy Pelosi US Representative (CA) / House Democratic Leader
Jared Polis US Representative (CO)
Mike Quigley US Representative (IL)
Laura Richardson US Representative (CA)
Lucille Roybal-Allard US Representative (CA)
Linda Sanchez US Representative (CA)
Loretta Sanchez US Representative (CA)
Jan Schakowsky US Representative (IL) / Obama Co-Chair
Adam Schiff US Representative (CA)
Eric Schneiderman Attorney General of New York
Chuck Schumer US Senator (NY)
Jeanne Shaheen US Senator (NH) / Obama Co-Chair
Brad Sherman US Representative (CA)
Jackie Speier US Representative (CA)
Pete Stark US Representative (CA)
Mike Thompson US Representative (CA)
Mark Udall US Senator (CO)
Chris Van Hollen US Representative (MD)
Antonio Villaraigosa Mayor of Los Angeles, CA / Chair of 2012 DNCC
Maxine Waters US Representative (CA)
Henry Waxman US Representative (CA)
Sheldon Whitehouse US Senator (RI)
Lynn Woolsey US Representative (CA)
Ron Wyden US Senator (OR)

Select Prominent Democrats

Howard Dean Former DNC Chairman/ Former Governor of VT
Maria Elena Durazio Los Angeles AFL-CIO leader/ Obama Co-Chair
Donald Fowler Former DNC Chairman
Steve Grossman Former DNC Chairman/ MA State Treasurer
Caroline Kennedy Attorney/Author
Joe Solmonese Executive Director, HRC/ Obama Co-Chair
Emily Tisch Sussman Executive Director, Young Democrats of America
Elizabeth Warren Democratic Candidate for US Senate, Massachusetts
David Wilhelm Former DNC Chairman

State Party Chairs

John Burton (CA)
Jay Jacobs (NY)
Ken Martin (MN)
Boyd Richie (TX)
Meredith Wood Smith (OR)
Mike Tate (WI)
Joan Wagnon (KS)
John Walsh (MA)
John Wisniewski

Organizations

Human Rights Campaign
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
National Stonewall Democrats

To the Members of the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee:

The Democratic Party has a noble history of fighting for the human and civil rights of all Americans.

We, the undersigned, believe it is time for the Party to hold true to this record and add to the legacy by taking a stand in support of the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples.

We urge you to affirm the freedom to marry in the Democratic Party by including this plank in the platform discussion of families:

The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples.

Numerous national polls have shown that a majority of Americans support marriage for same-sex couples. And Democrats overwhelmingly support the freedom to marry, with polls showing as much as 70% support. You are uniquely positioned to stand with the majority of Americans, and the super-majority of the party, and help make a real difference for families across the country.

We hope the Drafting Committee will fulfill its responsibility to uphold the Party's proud commitment to liberty, equality, and justice for all.

Thank you for helping to put an end to marriage discrimination in this country.

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