Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) announced today an important new resource that voters can use now and over the next four years. MEUSA published the first streamlined, side-by-side comparison of the new political platforms just adopted by the major parties regarding marriage equality and related LGBT issues. MEUSA now offers a 1-page comparison table summarizing 94 pages of party platforms into an attractive, bird’s-eye view that’s easy to copy, print, and mail here.
Starting in August 2011, a survey was delivered to the office of each active, formally announced candidate via e-mail, web mail, and/or facsimile, and also via certified U.S. mail for which a campaign employee signed a receipt confirming the delivery. Each candidate’s survey showed his or her latest stand on each LGBTIQ issue, based on speeches made, documents signed, and interviews given. All candidates were invited to notify MEUSA of updates to their positions as they occur, up through election day on November 6, 2012.
“This information on the national political party platforms is a critical part of Marriage Equality USA’s commitment to education so that all Americans can make informed decisions on Election Day. It is clear from the research that how each of us votes has a profound impact on not just our own lives, but the lives of our LGBT friends and families,” said Brian Silva, MEUSA Executive Director. “Analyzing the party platforms is essential to understanding the political parties’ philosophies and plans; their effect on LGBT Americans has not been documented in one place until now.”
“This comparison contains everything you want to know at one glance,” added MEUSA Projects Manager Ned Flaherty. “It’s invaluable for everyone who hasn’t seen the plans for LGBT people described in the political parties’ four-year platforms.”
MEUSA’s Election 2012 project already provides a comprehensive resource on the Presidential candidates’ positions on LGBT equality.
“The political parties have taken positions ranging from major anti-LGBT legislation to championing equality for all, so the party platform comparisons are a critical resource for the voting public and all Americans,” concluded Flaherty.
Source: Marriage Equality USA