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Democratic National Committee Leaders Wavering On Adding Same Sex Marriage Plank

The Huffington Post is reporting that our chickenshit brave Democratic leaders are beginning to waver and push back against adding marriage equality to the party agenda because it would put our “ever evolving” President in a re-election bind.

... sources told The Huffington Post that the DNC has been asking advocates for patience, worried that more sweeping platform language would put the president in an awkward bind.

“The DNC folks — their political shop — have been calling people and really pressuring them,” said Paul Yandura, a political and fundraising strategist at the firm Scott+Yandura who led gay and lesbian outreach on both Bill Clinton and Al Gore’s presidential campaigns. “Look, I’m not going to claim that they’re pressuring them not to be for it, but this ‘let’s wait’ thing is always what happens in politics — let’s wait so they can find a way to slow this down and maybe get a good reason not to do it.”

“But that doesn’t mean that activists and other people have to wait and see,” Yandura added. “I think that we have to keep up the pressure.” 

Melanie Roussell, a spokesperson for the DNC, did not directly refute Yandura’s assertion. Instead, she emphasized the party’s commitment to equality and inclusion, with respect to both LGBT Americans and the platform process.

“The President and the Party are committed to crafting a platform that reflects our values and a belief that this is a nation in which everyone deserves a fair shot and hard work is rewarded,” she wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. “The time will come to consider the content of the platform but not a single platform committee member has been chosen and the process has yet to begin.”

Dear Democratic National Leaders:

Could we PLEASE, at long last, overcome the party leadership’s natural cowardice and lack of backbone and demonstrate a little courage and leadership? Republican right-wingers are going to attack Obama no matter what you Democrats put in their platform, so let’s try an exercise in standing by our principles and actually drawing a line in the sand and standing up for whats right.  If you do perhaps more Democrats will actually turn out at the Polls to vote for you.  Because that has been your major problem. 

NOBODY wants to go out of their way to vote for a douchebag dishrag.

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Will Kohler

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