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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

DNC Chair Howard Dean Tells Christian Broadcasting Network DNC Platform Says Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman

From Out for Democracy:

Howard Dean recently appeared on Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network. He told the audience “The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That's what it says.”

No Howard, that is most certainly NOT what the 2004 Platform says. Is this a baldface lie to pander to the religious right? I'd like to give Dean the benefit of the doubt, but some Democratic insiders who have corrected Dean on this very point in the past say yes.

Here's what the 2004 Democratic Platform actually says:

"We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families. In our country, marriage has been definited at the state level for 200 years, and we believe it should continue to be defined there. We repudiate President Bush's divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a Federal Marriage Amendment." Our goal is to bring Americans together, not drive them apart."

The status of the LGBT community in the DNC has gone from troubling in May 2005, to disappointing in February 2006, to bad in May 2006. Currently the situation is just shocking, confusing, and downright bizarre, like really bad reality television. But unlike tv, in this show our lives, our families, and our futures are on the line. We need to know whether or not Howard Dean and the DNC have our back, and we need to know soon.

I don't understand how this is much different than what John Kerry said when he was running for President.

No wonder Aravosis is so peeved about Mary Cheney's statements in her book. Truth hurts.