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With The DNC Platform Commitee In Place Gay Marriage Plank Faces Hurdles, ENDA Plank Not Even Mentioned

Oh the good ole Democratic National Committee.  They say they love us and are behind us getting our full civil rights and equality but then have alot of trouble standing behind tall behind their statements and backing them up.

For months political officials ranging House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to former DNC Chair Howard Dean, as well as numerous elected officials across the country have been calling for and pushing the DNC to include a party platform that includes same-sex marriage.

But now that the DNC has recently announced its 2012 platform drafting committee there seems to be some hesitation.

Chris Johnson from The Washington Blade  asked around to  see who is and who is not supporting an official party endorsement of same-sex  marriage and while three of the thirteen member committee  — Carlos Odio, a Latino Democratic activist,  Donna Harris-Aikens, the National Education Association’s director of  policy and practice, and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan — told Johnson they would back such a platform plank.  Ten other members of the official committee have yet to make a commitment including openly gay and recently married Rep. Barney Frank who seems to be siding against it. (Are we not rid of that curmudgeon yet?)

Franks spokesman, Eric Orner,  said that Frank who earlier this month wed  his partner, Jim Ready, said the Massachusetts isn’t yet ready to speak  about marriage equality in the platform.

But Frank in an April interview with The Blade said the following: “The only federal question is DOMA. The federal government doesn’t  have a rule about marriage or not, so I would want there to be a plank that  says, ‘We respect the right of states to make this decision.’ I think what’s  important from the federal standpoint is to go out against DOMA.”

Well that doesn’t help now does it?  States decision is the last thing we want.

So here we go again fighting for a splintered one issue plank that does not even cover everyone in the LGBT Community (Believe it or not, EVERYONE doesn’t want to get married) And while we fight for this issues inclusion its one that will most probably be decided by SCOTUS.

What we REALLY NEED from the DNC (if they would ever grow the balls to include it)  is an all inclusive LGBT FULL Equality Plank or a the very least an ENDA Plank, (Employment Non-Discrimination Act)  something that covers every member of the LGBT community and something that supposedly the DNC stands fully behind.

From the DNC website:

Democrats have a long and proud history of defending Civil Rights and expanding opportunity for all Americans. From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, Democrats have fought to end discrimination in all forms—including discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity or national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.




Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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2 thoughts on “With The DNC Platform Commitee In Place Gay Marriage Plank Faces Hurdles, ENDA Plank Not Even Mentioned”

  1. Wouldn’t you like to WIN this election first? WANT to throw a rainbow wrench into the works? Yeah, THAT’S the ticket, count on only the vote the Dems will get should they “come out full force”. THINK BEYOND TODAY. As with the economy, time takes time.

    1. Carl i respect your opinion and your right to disagree.

      But thats said EVERY election. Presidential and Mid-term. If thats the way its going to be then we’ll NEVER gat full equality and we might as well all pack up and move to Canada now.

      Adding an ENDA plack would not harm the Democratic party. Housing, employment and anti-discrimination is not a hot button issue with Dem and Progressive base. By not adding it plays to a base that will NEVER vote Democratic anyway. So why deny a very supportive group with something thats right by tring to please members of the right who won’t vote for the anyway..

What do you think?