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.