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Check It Out: Marriage Equality Language in Draft Democratic Platform

wedding ringsPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

We told you last week that the Democratic party’s platform drafting committee approved language supporting marriage equality in the party’s platform. Now, we’re getting a first look at the specific language via BuzzFeed:

We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.

We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.

In response to the news, HRC President Chad Griffin said: “Marriage equality has quickly become a mainstream American value and it’s a sign of the times that the Democratic Party has included language affirming the ability of gays and lesbians to marry in its draft platform.  We encourage the Platform Committee and the delegates to the convention to adopt this strong statement that all loving and committed American families deserve equal treatment.”

The draft language must be ratified by the full platform committee and then by the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next month.

Read HRC’s testimony advocating for the inclusion of marriage equality in the platform.

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