New Obama for America Co-Chairs Endorse Freedom to Marry Plank in 2012 National Democratic Platform

3/1/2012

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Angela Dallara
Communications Associate, Freedom to Marry
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NEW YORK – Today, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Representative Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), all co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, have joined a growing number of elected officials and more than 28,000 voters who have endorsed a freedom to marry plank in the Democratic Party’s 2012 national platform. The news broke in the Advocate this evening.

Below is a statement from Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry:

“This outpouring of support from elected officials and trusted Democratic advisers is phenomenal. At its best, the Democratic Party stands strongly for freedom and equality for every American. Over the coming weeks and months, we will build and grow this campaign and make the case to Democrats throughout the country that a freedom to marry plank is just, politically smart, and what Democratic voters expect of their Party.”

Freedom to Marry drafted and introduced a plank as part of its Democrats: Say I Do campaign, launched February 13. Below is the proposed language:

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.

Today’s endorsements follow this morning’s news that New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman was the first Attorney General to announce his support for the plank in a letter to the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee and pledged to work to garner additional endorsements from attorneys general. Earlier this week, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) became the first Senator to endorse the language, followed by former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold. Additionally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Young Democrats of America Executive Director Emily Sussman, and the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus have all endorsed the proposed plank. More than 28,000 Americans have signed Freedom to Marry’s open petition.

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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.