August 28, 2015 at 11:45 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
DNC committee approves pro-marriage resolution

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The Democratic National Committee body on Aug. 27, 2015, during its summer meeting in Minneapolis unanimously approved a resolution in support of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the country. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Democratic National Committee body on Thursday during its summer meeting in Minneapolis unanimously approved a resolution in support of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the country.

“Same-sex marriage is a constitutionally guaranteed right nationwide and can no longer be denied by state laws,” reads the resolution. “The ruling now recognizes same-sex marriages all across this nation and these families will now be protected under the law from the discrimination and mistreatment to which they have long been subjected.”

The resolution also describes the ruling in the Obergefell case as “an important victory for the LGBT community” and “a monumental step forward for our nation.”

“The Democratic National Committee applauds this Supreme Court decision and will continue its work in achieving real progress and supporting the LGBT community,” it reads.

The DNC committee approved the resolution two days after four Republican presidential candidates — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and neurosurgeon Ben Carson — signed a National Organization for Marriage pledge that, among other things, indicates their support of efforts to overturn the Obergefell ruling.

The DNC is expected to ratify the resolution later today.

The Republican National Committee earlier this month approved a resolution in support of a religious freedom bill that advocates contend would allow anti-LGBT discrimination.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • DFW EMS

    Well, that’s all well and good DNC. Can we make some progress on the remaining LGBTIA legal issues?
    Non-discrimination law in housing, employment and public accommodations.
    A ban on conversion therapy.
    Anti-bullying protections for queer youth.
    A right to gender self-determination without requiring sterilization for trans people.
    A third gender option for trans and intersex people.
    A ban on surgical intervention on intersex births.
    Health care coverage for gender transitioning.

    Need I go on?

  • Johnjon

    try to tell Kim Davis this.

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