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May 11, 2006

Dean Falsely Claims Democratic Party Platform Opposes Same-Sex Marriage

Filed under: Current Events — Ampersand @ 7:56 pm

Here’s what Howard Dean said, while speaking to a religious-right audience on the 700 Club:

The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s what it says. I think where we may take exception with some religious leaders is that we believe in inclusion, that everybody deserves to live with dignity and respect, and that equal rights under the law are important.

Here’s what the 2004 Democratic Party Platform actually says:

We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families. In our country, marriage has been defined at the state level for 200 years, and we believe it should continue to be defined there. We repudiate President Bush’s divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a “Federal Marriage Amendment.” Our goal is to bring Americans together, not drive them apart.

Under pressure from lesbian and gay groups, Dean admitted his error earlier today – but as far as I can tell, reading the few news stories I found on this, he didn’t apologize.

Wow – supporting the 700 Club’s position on same-sex marriage. Just what I want from the leader of the Democratic Party. And by the way, Howard: Either you support full marriage equality for those who want it, or you don’t support equality under the law. You can’t have it both ways.

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5 Comments »

  1. Sir,

    You must admit that when John Kerry, the senator of one of the only states in the union who actually had taken active steps in favor of giving each of its citizens the same right to marry, was a candidate, he was the vocal advocate for the 2004 democratic platform. His position was quite distant from the book you quote, his state’s laws or even his own position in 2002.

    When Dean says the democrats oppose gay weddings, maybe he means the ones able to vocalize this position have not had the courage to take a real democratic position, and as a consequence, it is quite irrelevant what the basic democratic document states.

    Comment by Vilon — May 12, 2006 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  2. I’m not sure I follow your post. But I certainly have no problem admitting that I don’t like Kerry’s position on this issue, either.

    Comment by Ampersand — May 12, 2006 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  3. Kerry is bad.

    (See, he was a unifier!)

    Comment by Robert — May 12, 2006 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

  4. Kerry is bad.

    But not as bad as Bush.

    Comment by Daran — May 13, 2006 @ 2:04 am | Reply

  5. I don’t mind what dean said. Even Dean who occupies the left position amongst the democrats has to make comments like this (and we scream “recant”) for a reason. Americans are authentically concerned about the very important social institution…marriage. I don’t know why people are coming at it sideways. There are plenty of gay social conservatives in this world who agree. Those gays who believe that our humanity and civil rights are not violated just because marriage remains the institution its always been. Who believe that children do best raised by their own mother & father and dont want to upset that important standard just to feel more included. You know…non-radicals. People who act with discretion and don’t demand everyone bend over backwards just because they are gay.

    Comment by Fitz — May 13, 2006 @ 2:52 pm | Reply


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