The rough draft of the 2008 Democratic Party Platform has been released. Two mentions of LGBT issues. First, they show their profound commitment to LGBT rights:
Democrats will fight to end discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age and disability in every corner of our country, because that's the America we believe in.
So does that mean that they'll get an inclusive ENDA through? Does that mean that they'll add sexual orientation and gender ID to the Civil Rights Act? Does it mean that they'll ban discrimination based on those two categories at all levels of the government? Or do they just think we'll be happy to get that vague statement?
The second mention is about DADT:
We will also put national security above divisive politics. More than 10,000 service men and women have been discharged on the basis of sexual orientation since the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was implemented, at a cost of over $360 million. Many of those forced out had special skills in high demand, such as translators, engineers and pilots. At a time when the military is having a tough time recruiting and retaining troops, it is wrong to deny our country the service of brave, qualified people. We support the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell" and the implementation of policies to allow qualified men and women to serve openly regardless of sexual orientation.
So, basically, they like the gays as long as we're willing to die in their oil wars. Gee, way to play to your base, Democratic Party.
If the fundies only got two statements on two random issues, one incredibly vague, from the GOP, they would not put up with it. And the GOP would never do that to their base.
But Democrats have been working like this for years - ignore their base and try to get the elusive centrists, I guess because their votes count more than ours. I mean, where else are we going to go?
Then again, when has the GOP ever asked that question of corporo-cons or fundies?