Hero of the Week Award: April 6, Democrats for Marriage Equality

6 Apr

Hero of the Week Award

As the primary season finally winds down, both major U.S. parties are preparing their platforms for the general election in November. As with most years, many of the planks will remain largely unchanged, slightly altering language or details to reflect new information or political realities. For the Democrats, however, increasing pressure may significantly rewrite one element of the platform. If all goes well, the party will include a call for full marriage equality as part of its official platform. Imagine that, a platform that says we stand for civil rights for all?

The push was started by Freedom to Marry’s “Democrats Say ‘I Do'” campaign. It proposes this 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.

Wow!  How categorically different from the GOP platform which preaches hate and discrimination. Grass-roots efforts on all the usual progressive blogs have resulted in online petitions and significant enthusiasm. This led to a letter signed by 22 Democratic Senators (including both Oregon Senators!) endorsing the new plank. US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, who both serve as co-chairs of the Presidents reelection campaign, House Leader Nancy Pelosi, YDA President Emily Sussman, and Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva and Keith Ellison, co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus announced their support for adding a freedom to marry plank as well.The latest to join in the chorus are four former chairs of the Democratic National Committee, lead by Howard Dean. This is particularly signficant, given their role in shepherding previous platforms.

Let’s hope all this momentum pays off. It’s ridiculous that basic civil rights are denied to so many Americans. Come on, Democrats, prove that you stand for true American values.


16 Responses to “Hero of the Week Award: April 6, Democrats for Marriage Equality”

  1. nevercontrary April 6, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    It will happen my friend and it will be no big deal to the shock of half of the country.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 6, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      Let’s hope so! This could really be the boost the Democratic Party needs–WE STAND FOR CIVIL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

      • James Queale April 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

        The Democrats most certainly need a boost. I think most people are feeling more and more complacent and apathetic about politics. After all congress only holds a 9% approval rating.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

        The increasing apathy is quite disturbing. Let’s hope the Democratic party, or even a third party will decisively adopt a platform of human/civil rights!

  2. James Queale April 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    I wish America would have more parties to choose from, in Canada we have the Conservative Party, Liberal Party, NDP (New Democratic Party), Green Party, and the Bloc Quebecois. But in America, you only have two choices. Thankfully, sometimes an independent candidate comes along like Bernie Sanders. Your country is so diverse, but there is not enough parties to represent that. In my humble opinion.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

      Forgive my pessimism, but I fear there are dark forces at work to keep a two party system; these forces in place to maintain a white heterosexual male power structure.

      • James Queale April 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

        No worries, I can be a biggest pessimist, I sometimes say I am an “optimistic pessimist” because I am optimistic that my pessimism will be correct.

        I believe you are correct about these forces. I see it happening every day. For example, women make up 50%+ of the population but only make up less than 20% of congress. No wonder the war on women is being so easily won.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

        Why don’t people reflect on the disproportionality of minorities holding positions of power in government?

  3. James Queale April 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Because to reflect is to think and we all know thinking leads to being a socialist liberal that wants to take over the world. MWAHAHAHA! The attack on education I see from the GOP makes me want to cry.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      I thought our Gay Agenda was to take over the world? Dag nab it! I hate it when I miss the monthly homo meetings.

      • James Queale April 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

        It appears that the Gay Agenda and the Liberal Communist Socialist Agenda are in competition with each other. Imagine if we work together? MWAHAHAHA!

        Yes, you need to stop missing the homo meetings. We almost revoked your gay card and that would have been sad, you were one convert away from a free frozen yogurt.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

        Don’t revoke my gay card. I have a doctor’s note as to why I had to miss the meeting.

  4. James Queale April 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    We’ll consider it, but you will need to do a special covert mission for us first. Just so you can prove your allegiance again.

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