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Text of DNC Platform Calling for "Marriage Equality"

 

From the 2012 Democratic National Committee website:

Freedom to Marry. 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.

44 Comments

  1. Good News
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    "...freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage..."
    Forget you! Who do you think your foolin with your silly games? As of today Mr. President, the vast majority of churches, if there smart, do not do marriages!!! They do opposite sex unions. We'll find a word to name this thing; and so to keep your sticky fingers and that of your lawyers out of our business.

  2. Posted September 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Notice they don't mention supporting individual people of faith who don't want to celebrate same-sex unions in their homes, florist shops, photography studios, reception halls, etc. The DNC is pretending to honor freedom of religion, but they are limiting it to churches and "religious entities."

    I am not a church nor a religious entity. I am a Catholic.

  3. Good News
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    "I am not a church nor a religious entity. I am a Catholic."
    I love it mom.

    "I am not a church nor a religious entity. Nor am I a rich lobby. I am simply a human-being
    who believes in the uniqueness of, and the needed respect for, the man-woman union"

  4. OvercameSSA
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Notice that it does not explicitly say that they support the right of same-sex couples to get "married." They know that "same-sex marriage" is not really supported by the public, even many democrats, so they bury it under terms like "marriage equality" and "equal treatment."

    The voters will not be fooled. A Biiiiig turn-out of social conservatives is coming in November.

  5. Ron Lussier
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Bravo. Every loving couple should have the right to marry the person they love.

  6. Posted September 4, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    @4 Ron:

    Oh my.

    All the way to polygamy and the convention has barely started.......

  7. Little Man
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Ron Lussiera: It already is, but it is more than about love. For instance, a father cannot marry his daughter, whether they love each other or not, whether by consent or not. Who do you think you are fooling? You are entitled to your opinion, but so the the rest of voters.

  8. Posted September 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Ron:

    I love my best friend deeply. I love more than pretty much any anyone. But I certainly don't intend to marry him.

  9. M. Jones
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    I am sick listening to the Democrats applaud the idea of killing babies, corruption of marriage, and promoting homosexuality while glorifying single motherhood.

  10. Daughter of Eve
    Posted September 4, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    You just cannot legislate respect. That must be earned.

  11. leviticus
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    I couldn't believe my ear 's the Democrats declared war on people of faith. They are going to force so-called same-sex marriage on the American people whether we like it or not. They are going to take away the right to life of the unborn. The battle lines are clearly drawn. The Democrats have to go, all of them must be voted out.

  12. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    What are they talking about? Marriage is already equal.

    Any consenting male can marry any consenting unrelated female.

    Equality.

  13. Little Man
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    "attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples"... And how do we know which of these couples are committed? Committed for one week, or how long? Notice it is not about 'gay' couples. Here we go again - same vague language as always. It's finally made it to a major political platform. Let's vote in secret. If it is something we can vote on, obviously it cannot be bigotry.

  14. Little Man
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    I'm sure there are a lot of Democrats that now cannot believe what they are being forced to support within their own party. Democrats are about unity, over truth. If there's unity, there's power. But power without truth is terribly dangerous politics. We can already see how lots of good Democrats are coerced to absolutes they do not uphold. Will they still vote Democrat? (not to be confused with democratic).

  15. leviticus
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    I wonder how many states will succeed from the union if Obama is reelected because of this Homosexual marriage equality nonsense.

  16. Dan
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    What is bigger and more shocking that this is that all mention of God has been taken out of the Democratic platform for the first time this year.

    It is a huge irony because the Democrats hold equality as the highest ideal. But the notion of equality itself derives from the concept that we are 'created equal' in a spiritual sense. If the world is seen in a strictly material sense without God, then the concept of equality does not even make sense. Measured materially, everyone is decidedly unequal.

  17. OvercameSSA
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Most people are not paying attention to the DNC, and I would wager to say that most people do not know that the Democrat platform promotes homosexual "marriage."

    I'm telling my Republican friends who are on the fence because they think Romney "doesn't have a plan," that I too am waiting for a plan, but what really gets me is that the Democrats are so out of touch with my social beliefs; that they believe that marriage is no longer just for men and women, but for homosexual couples.

  18. M. Jones
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Someone needs to educate Democrats, that same-sex friendships are simply not marriages, and they never will be.

  19. Jon
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    You guys need to look at what you are saying from another's point-of-view. Not everyone is religious. "Equality" is not a concept that relies on God, homosexuality is not inherently immoral, and marriage is an institution created by man.

    There is a reason why the vast majority of the audience at the RNC was white, whereas the audience at the DNC is diverse. One side cares more about equality than the other...

  20. Son of Adam
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    The Republican Party has never, at any point in its history, been a racist party, Jon. Yet because black Americans have voted so heavily for the Democrats in response to their promises for government benefits, there just weren't a lot of black Republicans and thus, there were few prominent black Republicans.

    This has started to change. Clarence Thomas is the only black Supreme Court Justice. Colin Powell and Condi Rice both took turns at Secretary of State under George W. Bush. Michael Steele was the first black RNC Chairman. Walter Williams fills in for Rush Limbaugh. Tim Scott, who was endorsed by the Tea Party, was elected to Congress in South Carolina. Congressman Allen West was the keynote speaker for CPAC in 2011. Thomas Sowell was voted the most liked conservative in America by conservative bloggers. Herman Cain is not only wildly popular; for awhile he was the leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination. There are now enough prominent black Republicans to completely refute the idea that Republicans are racist to any rational person.

  21. Son of Adam
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    On another note, how many political parties that have rejected God are still around today? What about the Soviet Union under the Communists, Pol Pot's Cambodia, or dare I say it - Nazi Germany?

    Has anyone heard from them lately?

  22. Son of Adam
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    ""Equality" is not a concept that relies on God,"

    Considering that freedom and equality tends to not only survive, but thrive in those countries who believe in God, I'd say that it is very much reliant on God.

    Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

  23. Jon
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    @SoA
    I didn't say that Republicans are racist. While racists tend to be Republicans, Republicans do not tend to be racists. If I were to use the homosexuality/pedophilia logic of the FRC, I'd say being a Republican makes you more likely to be a racist, but I reject the logic (because it's wrong). All I'm saying is that the Democratic platform cares more about equality (equal rights for women, gays, and minorities) than the Republican platform, hence the diverse crowd at the DNC and the nearly all white crowd at the RNC.

    You say, "freedom and equality tends to not only survive, but thrive in those countries who believe in God, I'd say that it is very much reliant on God", and then you quote the Declaration of Independence. But would you not agree that at the time of that document's writing, Americans were treated much less equally than today? There have been long struggles throughout our history against those who use religion to argue for slavery, for the oppression of women, for the oppression of homosexuals, and more generally, to argue against scientific advancement. I think the freedoms we have in America today are due in part to the separation we have between the church and the government.

    This is not to say that religion cannot also be a force for good. The Bible was used on both sides of the slavery debate (used to justify it and used to argue for abolishing it). But as far as freedom and equality goes, the countries with the most religion in governments also happen to be the most oppressive (see the middle east).

  24. Son of Adam
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    FYI, Democrats are just as racist today as when they were struggling to preserve slavery and segregation. They are just more patronizing about it these days. Many simply don’t believe that Blacks or Hispanics can survive and even thrive without government handouts.

    Ever hear of pro segregationists like Jesse Helms, Robert Byrd, Bull Connor, Strom Thurmond and George Wallace? Democrats all during the Civil Rights movement in the 60s. I defy you to name me one prominent Republican who supported segregation before, at the time, or since.

    Liberals believe that conservatives are evil, bigoted racists! Yet, there was no racist rhetoric coming from the stage at the Republican National Convention. In fact, percentage-wise, there were more minorities speaking at the Republican National Convention than scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention.

    Also, I would agree that people were treated much less equally BEFORE the Declaration of Independence. Only when it was drafted, when we connected liberty with God, did we successfully set down the road to abolish slavery and manage to achieve equality for all as well as the successful pursuit of scientific advancement.

    And comparing Christianity with an oppressively militant faith like Islam is comparing apples and oranges. Looking at history, there is no doubt that Christianity is the faith that is the most compatible with freedom, equality, and justice.

  25. I Love Jesus
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Good for the Democrats. Jesus taught equality. He also didn't say one word about homosexuality, but had plenty to say about how we treat the poor, and about religious hypocrisy.

    There are many religious people who support marriage equality. How about their "religious freedom"? Does it not matter at all?

  26. Son of Adam
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    "There are many religious people who support marriage equality. How about their "religious freedom"? Does it not matter at all?"

    Then I guess you support the legalization of polygamy, because there are mormons and muslims who support that. Why should their religious freedom matter any less?

    "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
    Mark 10:6-9

  27. David Argue
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    @ I Love Jesus - You are free to marry each other in your own religion. Just don't force the gov't to recognize that which goes against science and nature.

  28. Doug
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Son of Adam: in the 1960's, Northern Democrats and Southern (racist) Democrats split over the Civil Rights Act. Nixon recognized this and brought the racists over to the Republican party with his "Southern Strategy". This is why the South is now a Republican stronghold. Learn your history.

  29. OvercameSSA
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Jon said: "All I'm saying is that the Democratic platform cares more about equality (equal rights for women, gays, and minorities) than the Republican platform, hence the diverse crowd at the DNC and the nearly all white crowd at the RNC."

    The Dems don't "care" about equality any more than Repubs, except that by singling minorities out and labeling them as victims, they obtain their allegiance. If you truly care about equality, you create an equal playing field for all; you do not manipulate the system to create an artificial equality. E.g.,, affirmative action has not created equality for Blacks; arguably, it has perpetuated inequality through White resentment. Homosexuals already have equal rights; they seek special rights, and are creating resentment in the straight community.

  30. Daughter of Eve
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    "White House 'Regulation Czar,' Cass Sunstein, proposes an end to government recognition of marriage. “Under our proposal, the word marriage would no longer appear in any laws, and marriage licenses would no longer be offered or recognized by any level of government . . . . the only legal status states would confer on couples would be a civil union, which would be a domestic partnership agreement between any two people . . . Governments would not be asked to endorse any particular relationships by conferring on them the term marriage . . . “ (Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness, Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein, 2008.)

    This is the (mostly) unstated objective of our nation’s liberal intelligentsia: The dissolu- tion of marriage altogether, through the progressive dismantling of the structures of family life, resulting in a higher dependency on government by individuals and struggling family units."

    (The real platform of Democrat leadership)
    http://potomacteapartyreport.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/the-myth-of-the-same-sex-marriage-mandate-part-ii/

  31. Little Man
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    leviticus: not 'succeed' but 'secede' from the Union 🙂

  32. Little Man
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Jon: That's the point - everyone, EVERYONE is 'religious' according to the Supreme Court's definition of 'religion'. One does not have to go to church or be a member of an 'official' denomination or 'official' religion in order to be religious. EVERYONE has a philosophy of life, and that constitutes a 'religion' according to the Supreme Court's interpretation. If more people were aware of this, we wouldn't have an argument about same-sex civil marriage or same-sex quasi-civil-unions.

    You "hit the nail right on the head"

  33. Little Man
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Taking the concept of God out of the Democrat (not democratic) presidential platform statement is denying that such a concept as theism is possible to adhere to if a Democrat. One Democrat leader said the word 'faith' is still in the platform's statement. But some would ask: Faith in what? Can it only be faith in anything except God? Therefore, the Democrat platform statement, as worded is a-theistic by default. Government is therefore siding with anti-theistic ideals and ideas - what the US Constitution prohibits. But, better for Republicans, because they just signed their party's demise, this election, and it is not going well at all. They know they can lose, and even dumb McCain didn't lose by a whole lot of delegates.

  34. Little Man
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    I Love Jesus: You have been duped - Jesus didn't talk about homosexuality because the concept of a 'homosexual' (the word used as a noun) wasn't in the vocabulary of some, yet. But a man laying with a man (meaning the degeneration of sexual intercourse) was most prohibited in the Jew religion than in any other religion then, and since.

    Jesus never used the term 'equality'. Would he tell the Jews they were equal to the Roman conquerors? How about, the slave being equal to his/her master? How about children being 'equal' to their parents? You've been duped.

  35. Son of Adam
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    "Nixon..brought the racists over to the Republican party with his "Southern Strategy". This is why the South is now a Republican stronghold. Learn your history."

    Nixon got racist Democrats to renounce racism with the success of the REAL civil rights movement when they became Republican. You cannot name me ONE prominent Republican that endorses or ever has endorsed segregation regardless of the lies from the left. Learn YOUR history!

  36. Publius
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Re diversity (comments nr. 19 and several following)

    E Pluribus Unum, as we say. But how much diversity and how much oneness do we want? In general, I am not sure if diversity per se is a political or a moral good or not. Is a mono-cultural society (e.g., Finland) a better society than a multi-cultural one? I leave this as an open question.

    However, uniting one kind of diversity is absolutely essential to the preservation of the species: having the two different sexes unite. The human condition cannot be understood or governed in a universal way without reference to both sexes. Compassionate heterosexual marriage is the best way to bring about both the preservation of the species and the meaningful integration of the two halves of humanity. Cultures come and cultures go, but as a universal principle and a moral and political good, life depends on the peaceful integration of the two different sexes. This we call marriage.

  37. Daughter of Eve
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    "Jesus taught equality."

    I'd like to read more about that. Chapter and verse, please? Thanks.

  38. Cody G
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Wasn't the leader of the kkk a democrat?

  39. Posted September 6, 2012 at 5:32 am | Permalink

    @Barb..."Marriage is already equal."

    Love it!

  40. Jon
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    @SoA
    "FYI, Democrats are just as racist today as when they were struggling to preserve slavery and segregation. They are just more patronizing about it these days. Many simply don’t believe that Blacks or Hispanics can survive and even thrive without government handouts."
    This statement is so absurd I don't even know how to respond.

  41. Little Man
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Jon: you certainly responded.

  42. victor
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Seems great. Good job democrats!

  43. Son of Adam
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Jon, if Republicans and racism go so well together, why is it that Republican presidents have appointed more blacks to positions of authority than have Democrats? And of the black members of the House of Representatives, the only ones from majority white districts are Republicans. As a percentage of the party, more Republicans supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act than did Democrats.

    Also, government dependency backed by Democrats is based on the notion of racial inferiority and has not helped black Americans. Since Democratic President Lyndon Johnson launched the pro-welfare-state "war on poverty," poverty has flatlined. But the percentage of black children born to unwed mothers -- many living in government-dependent households -- has increased from 25 percent to 70 percent.

    But who cares, so long as it gets them votes?

  44. John Noe
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Apparently the Democrats do not care about democracy or the will of the people. They have ignored the vote of the people in all of the states.

    Heck: The state where they are holding their own convention just reaffirmed one man/one woman marriage last May.

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