In what is being hailed as a landmark moment, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) has officially said that she supports adding a call for full marriage equality to the 2012 Democratic Party platform.
This in response to the “Say I Do” campaign by equality campaign group Freedom to Marry which aims to secure an affirmation of marriage equality in the next Party Platform.
The proposed plank states: “We support the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples.”
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill tells Metro Weekly, “Leader Pelosi supports this language.”
While individual Democratic lawmakers have shown their support for same-sex marriage, both by supporting legislation in their home states and supporting moves to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the official party platform does not contain explicit support for marriage equality. Indeed, while the Party’s platform has a long-standing opposition to a federal marriage amendment and has also opposed the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it has however reiterated a collective stance on maintaining marriage as one man and one woman. The new wording as mentioned above would be a significant departure from that previous position statement.
“Freedom to Marry is proud to have Leader Pelosi joining our call to put the Democratic Party squarely on record in support of the freedom to marry as part of the national platform. A strong majority of Democrats andIndependents support the freedom to marry, and standing up for all families is not just the right thing to do morally, it’s also right to do politically. I hope more people will quickly join Leader Pelosi by signing Freedom to Marry’s Democrats: Say I Do petition so together we can get the party, and the country, where the majority of Americans already are.”