Freedom to Marry Criticizes RNC Draft Language Limiting Marriage

8/20/2012

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Nicole Collins Bronzan

Communications Director, Freedom to Marry

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New York – Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, strongly criticized the Republican National Convention's draft platform language attacking the courts, the President, and the support for the freedom to marry now embraced by a majority of Americans, as reported earlier this evening.

The draft, according to Buzzfeed, derides the Obama administration for its principled determination that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is indefensible under the Constitution - a determination effectively upheld by more than 8 federal courts that have declared "DOMA" unconstitutional. The draft also urges continued exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage.

Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, released this statement in response to the draft platform language:

“With a growing majority of Americans, a substantial majority of independents, and a super-majority of young people across the spectrum supporting the freedom to marry for all committed couples, it’s sad to see the Republican Party so out of touch. A party that proclaims its belief in freedom, limited government, and personal responsibility should not be doubling down against couples seeking to share in the commitment of marriage and the birthright of liberty and justice for all.” 

News of the anti-marriage language comes just days after members of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leadership committee sent a letter to the Platform Committee of the Republican National Committee asking it to resist adding language to the Republican Party platform opposing the freedom of same-sex couples to marry. 

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.