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DNC Releases “Official” Party Platform: Pro-Gay Marriage, Lame On Gun Control, and Slams Romney

The Democratic Party unveiled its formal 2012 platform on Monday night.  Although short on policy specifics and carefully worded it is almost the exact opposite of the RNC platform in most ways and also is peppered with numerous shots at Mitt Romney, none more so than on the issue of “insourcing'”

“The Democratic Party believes in insourcing so that America can out-build the rest of the world again,” the platform reads. “We want to cut tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas and for special interests, and instead offer tax breaks to companies that are investing right here in the United States of America, betting on American workers who are making American products we sell to the world that are stamped with three proud words: Made in America.”

“But the Republican Party has nominated a man whose firm invested in companies that were pioneers of outsourcing — and whose plans would actually encourage outsourcing by eliminating all taxes on the foreign profits of U.S. companies,”

Some of the other more interesting parts of the platform include:

Health Care: ” We will continue to stand up to Republicans working to take away the benefits and protections that are already helping millions of Americans every day. We refuse to go back to the days when health insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your health policy, deny you coverage, or charge women more than men.

At the same time, the Affordable Care Act is not the end of efforts to improve health care for all Americans. Democrats will continue to fight for a strong health care workforce with an emphasis on primary care.”

Same Sex Marriage:  “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.”

Abortion: “Democrats will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers.  We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way”

Guns: “We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation. We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms.”

The Democratic platform also goes on to talk about Medicare, Arts Funding, Immigration Reform, and Unions.  But while it does mention the Employment Non-Discrimination Act it  DOES NOT “officially” include ENDA

If you’d like to read the full 40 page platform document titled “Moving America Forward”  CLICK HERE

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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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