By Rachel Brody |
Absolutely! Supporting fairness and families makes for great politics. And that's exactly what the Democratic Party's inclusion of marriage equality is. It affirms our common humanity and is fully in step with how the entire country is moving on this issue, across religious, party, and demographic lines. More elected officials than ever and civil rights organizations such as the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, and the League of United Latin American Citizens have come out in support of marriage equality.
The draft platform also condemns the discriminatory, so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which relegates thousands of same-sex couples to second-class citizenship by ignoring their valid marriages and denying them more than 1,000 federal rights, responsibilities, and benefits.
Democrats have traditionally supported LGBT equality, and this year should be no different. In addition to backing marriage equality and rejecting the Defense of Marriage Act, the platform committee is also expected to include positive language regarding federal employment protections for LGBT people. These protections are a key priority of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which has passionately pushed for passage of legislation such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
This is not just "good politics," it is quintessentially American—we are all created and deserve to be treated equally.
The time is right, the country is ready, and we have an opportunity to build on the momentum of support that continues to grow all across the country.
About Stacey Long Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Ford O'Connell Republican Strategist, Conservative Activist, and Political Analyst
Marc Solomon National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry
Zerlina Maxwell Democratic Strategist and Writer
Peter Sprigg Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council