Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Villaraigosa Supports Marriage Equality in 2012 Dem Platform

Antonio Villaraigosa, is Mayor of Los Angeles and
Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention
There is a campaign called "Democrats, Say I Do" organized by the Freedom to Marry to convince Democrats to include a marriage equality plank in the official platform of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, to be held in Charlotte, NC in August 2012. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a longtime LGBT ally has been named the Chair of the Democratic National Convention and recently announced that he supports the inclusion of the marriage equality plank.

The text of the language to be included is:
The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection 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 addition to Mayor Villaraigosa (who also happens to be a co-chair of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry), the campaign to include the marriage equality plank in the 2012 Democratic platform now has the support of 22 Democratic U.S. Senators.

The 22 senators are Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

If you don't see your Senator on the list you might want to contact them and ask why not?

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