This could be huge if it ends becoming the official platform of the Democratic Party during the General Election:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) supports the 2012 Democratic Party platform including, for the first time, language in full support of marriage equality, her spokesman toldMetro Weekly on Tuesday evening, Feb. 14.
The former House speaker’s support for the move comes in response to Freedom to Marry’sannouncement on Feb. 13 that it was launching a campaign to ask the Democrats, as the group put it, to “Say I Do” to including such a marriage equality plank in the party’s 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.”
This comes at a time when we see Republican candidates for President wallowing in the filth of anti-gay sentiment and rhetoric to appease the far right base during the primary battles. If there was a better way to contrast the parties on this issue at the moment, I can’t think of one.
This would be the first major change in the Democratic platform with respect to gay rights since the inclusion of sexual orientation in the parties platform against discrimination in the 1980’s.
Now, this obviously doesn’t mean that it will make it into the official Democratic platform. The details of that, as the article at MetroWeekly points out, will be worked out in September at the Democratic Convention. But the fact that this push is now being led by one of the senior members of the party is a big victory for the gay rights movement. Pelosi could use her power within the party apparatus to push hard for the adoption of this language in the official platform and make it far easier to see the party begin to embrace marriage equality on a national level.