Freedom to Marry launched an ingenious campaign Monday to prod the Democratic Party into including a plank in the party platform that endorses marriage equality. The push got a large endorsement today from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi when she announced her support for the initiative.
The proposed plank reads:
"We support the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples."
In a statement to MetroWeekly reporter Chris Geidner, Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill said that "Leader Pelosi supports this language."
Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson said in an e-mailed statement, "Freedom to Marry is proud to have Leader Pelosi joining our call to put the Democratic Party squarely on record in support of the freedom to marry as part of the national platform. A strong majority of Democrats and Independents support the freedom to marry, and standing up for all families is not just the right thing to do morally, it's also right to do politically. I hope more people will quickly join Leader Pelosi by signing Freedom to Marry's Democrats: Say I Do petition so together we can get the party, and the country, where the majority of Americans already are."
Democrats included a plank in 2008 that opposed DOMA and supported "equal responsibilities, benefits and protections." In 2004 the party platform opposed a federal marriage amendment and endorsed the states' rights argument that resulted in dozens of anti-marriage equality state constitutional amendments.