Will Democrats Make Equal Marriage Rights A Plank In Their Platform?
At present, support for marriage equality for heterosexuals and homosexuals is not a part of the Democratic Party platform. That might change at this summer’s Democratic National Convention, however… it might have to, given that the convention is being held in North Carolina, a state that gained notoriety this month for passing a state constitutional amendment prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages that have taken place in other states.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he’s confident that a provision supporting same-sex marriage will be added to the Democratic Party platform. Of course, he doesn’t get to make that decision on his own. Democratic Party delegates have to introduce and approve such an addition to the platform.
11 state Democratic chairs have called for the addition of marriage equality to their party’s platform. 22 Democratic U.S. senators have done the same. Of course, these numbers constitute only a minority of Democratic politicians in their respective spheres.
It’s a nice thing that some prominent individual Democrats are now indicating some openness to marriage equality. Such expressions aren’t what matter in the end, however. What we need is national law, or judicial recognition of laws that already exist, that guarantee equal legal status for heterosexual and homosexual marriages.
Add this issue to the list of policy matters to watch during the Democratic National Convention.