N.H. Senator: “Add Marriage Equality To Democratic Party Platform!”
February 29, 2012 1 Comment
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire, is calling for her party to add specific marriage equality language to its platform when it meets for its national convention this fall.
According to the Concord Monitor,“Shaheen joins former U.S. House speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, and former Democratic senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin in calling for the party to endorse same-sex marriage this year. The 2008 Democratic Party platform said “we oppose the Defense of Marriage Act and all attempts to use this issue to divide us.”
The purposed new language, drafted by Freedom to Marry, states,”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.”
“Our party has a long tradition of leading the charge on important questions of justice. Now is the time for the Democratic Party to stand up for the rights of same-sex couples and their families,” Shaheen said in a statement.
The call comes as, “the New Hampshire House is set to vote next month on a bill introduced by Rep. David Bates, a Windham Republican, that would end same-sex marriage in New Hampshire,” reports the newspaper.