August 21, 2012 | by Chris Johnson
DNC takes Republicans to task over anti-gay platform language

The Democratic National Committee is criticizing Republicans for the reported inclusion of language in a draft version of their platform that strongly opposes same-sex marriage, accusing the GOP of being “stuck in the 1950′s.”

In a response provided to Washington Blade, Kevin Harris, a DNC spokesperson, focused on the endorsement of a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage in the Republican platform draft while touting President Obama’s completion of his personal evolution in support of marriage equality.

“It isn’t the least bit surprising that the GOP platform would endorse such an extreme position when it comes to protecting the civil rights of LGBT Americans. A constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage would mark the first time in history that the Constitution has been amended to discriminate and deny rights of American citizens.”

“Whether it’s issues impacting the LGBT community, women or immigrants, today’s Republican Party has made it clear they are stuck in the 1950’s.”

“President Obama has been an ardent supporter of LGBT civil rights and is on record stating his personal belief that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships from marrying if they chose to do so. The Democratic Party’s platform also expresses the party’s support of marriage equality.”

“As Democrats, we believe the Constitution should not be used to divide Americans and it certainly isn’t the platform for an increasingly extreme Republican Party to push their radical views down the throats of the American people.”

According to Buzzfeed, draft language in the Republican Party platform affirms marriage as between one man, one woman; criticizes judges for “court-ordered redefinition of marriage”; attacks the Obama administration for no longer defending the Defense of Marriage Act; and endorses a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage.

In contrast, the Democratic Party platform draft endorses marriage equality and rejects the Defense of Marriage Act in addition to expressing support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and calling for the inclusion of LGBT families in immigration policy.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

4 Comments
  • Apparently, the Log Cabin Republicans packed their rose colored glasses for their trip to Tampa to “participate” in the GOP platform committee deliberations. This from their FB page:

    “Pleased to report that the Republican platform committee at 2012 Republican National Convention today engaged in vigorous debate in support of civil unions and stripping out support of DOMA. Materials distributed by Log Cabin and our partners, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, were prominently featured in the debate. While these measures failed, the future direction of our party clearly trends toward inclusion.”

    Pleased to report? Vigorous debate? Really? Why do I imagine it sounded a bit like this…

    First Speaker: “Gays disgust me I proud that they we have forbidden them from marrying in our state.” Second Speaker: “Oh yeah? Well I am even more disgusted by gays than you are and think we need to ban gay marriage completely.” Log Cabin Republicans: “Can’t you all just pretend to like us a little until the election is over and say you’re OK with civil unions?” Delegates chuckling and chortling. Log Cabin Republicans hanging heads in shame, apologizing for being pushy and forgetting their place.

  • Get Serious, Dems

    “As Democrats, we believe the Constitution should not be used to divide Americans and it certainly isn’t the platform for an increasingly extreme Republican Party to push their radical views down the throats of the American people.”

    Well gay marriage is a radical view that the democrats are pushing down the throats of American people. Furthermore, THEY shouldn’t be attempting to divide Americans by requesting unwarranted additional protections for a special interest. Especially when they are actually different, not special.

    There are more important battles to fight than this one. The DNC’s energy would best be spent on more important issues.

    • Equality is a radical view? Not allowing discrimination based on sexual orientation is unwarranted? “different not special”? Im sorry, but what the hell does that mean? Sounds Kinda evil to me…

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