In today’s the Blade comes this surprising announcement from retiring Representative Barney Frank on the inclusion of a marriage equality plank for the Democratic Party’s upcoming fall platform:
“I was part of a unanimous decision to include it. There was a unanimous decision in the drafting committee to include it in the platform, which I supported, but everybody was for it.”
In addition reports from an anonymous DNC staffer familiar with the committee has stated that the platform rejects DOMA and calls for the strengthening of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The exact wording is not yet completed, and would be continuing to gather amendments before the final presentation before full platform committee in Detroit (on Aug. 10- 12).
This marks a stark contrast with previous elections where the Democratic Party has played it safe on the choice of planks upon which to run on. Not since the George McGovern campaign of 1972 has the DNC put forth such a bold statement of principle. After the showdown over tax cuts, it is clear….
The Democrats have come out of the woods.