Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer.
On Sunday the Democratic Party platform committee approved endorsement of marriage between same-gender couples, along with other pro-LGBT positions. This isn?t a huge surprise, though Rep. Barney Frank has stated the support of House Democrats is more significant. But for many, this was the ?next step? toward marriage equality, and while it is still in draft stage, there seems no doubt it will appear on the party platform.
From Chris Johnson, at the Washington Blade:
Retiring gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who sits on the (Platform) committee, told the Washington Blade on Monday that the 15-member panel unanimously backed the inclusion of a marriage equality plank after a national hearing over the weekend in Minneapolis, in which several witnesses testified in favor of such language. …
A Democratic National Committee staffer, who is familiar with the process and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the language in the platform approved on Sunday not only backs marriage equality, but also rejects DOMA and has positive language with regard to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The exact wording of the language wasn?t immediately available.
The platform is still in a draft phase. Writers of the platform are now set to come up with close-to-final draft that will be presented before the full platform committee in Detroit from Aug. 10 to Aug. 12. That committee will discuss amendments before presenting the platform at the convention in Charlotte in September. …
On Monday, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest deferred a question from National Public Radio?s Ari Shapiro on the adopted language to the DNC. The DNC didn?t respond to the Blade?s request to comment.
At The Advocate, Julie Bolcer writes:
If ratified, the plank would represent the first time the party?s platform has articulated support for marriage equality. President Barack Obama announced his personal endorsement of marriage equality in May.
During testimony on Friday and Saturday, committee members heard from a range of individuals and organizations, both LGBT-specific groups and allies, about marriage equality and repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as other priorities including the Student Non-Discrimination Act and ending discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. …
While the campaign to include marriage equality in the platform has received substantial attention, (Barney) Frank said that he believed the intense focus on the largely symbolic document was ?misguided.? He said it was ?more important? to acknowledge House Democrats? near-universal opposition to DOMA, while almost every House Republican had voted to reaffirm it.
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), an openly gay member of Congress, predicted … the platform plank won?t hurt Obama … or members of Congress up for reelection … .
But Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, was less circumspect. Endorsing gay marriage, he said, will cost Democrats in elections up and down the ballot.
?They can kiss the presidential election, the House and now the Senate goodbye,? he said.
No doubt Brown?s choice of language ? ?They can kiss? WH, House and Senate ?goodbye? ? is purely coincidental. Or maybe Freudian.