Barney Frank, Representative (D-MA 4th District), confirmed what many have speculated for some time: the Democratic National Convention (DNC) will add marriage equality to their platform in 2012. The announcement comes after a unanimous decision Sunday when the drafting committee for the DNC convened.
In the East Room on July 15, 2012 President Obama told his audience, “For every partner or spouse denied the chance to comfort a loved one in the hospital, to be by their side at their greatest hour of need, we said, enough. Hospitals that accept Medicare or Medicaid – and that is most of them – now have to treat LGBT patients just like any other patient. ”
He added, “We’ve expanded benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees, prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender identity for workers in the federal government. We’ve supported efforts in Congress to end the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. And as we wait for that law to be cast aside, we’ve stopped defending its constitutionality in the courts.”
Frank, a Harvard Law School graduate and openly-gay politician, wrote in an email to supporters Tuesday:
I want you to be one of the first to know: After a unanimous decision on Sunday, the drafting committee for the Democratic National Convention embraced marriage equality as part of our platform for the 2012 Convention.
The next step will be for the full platform committee to vote on it, after which it will be presented to the delegates at the Convention in Charlotte for a final vote. Make no mistake: This is a historic step toward fairness for all. Once again, Democrats are fighting to move this country forward.
Please stand with Democrats today and support marriage equality for all Americans.
When President Obama became the first sitting president to support marriage equality, Democrats stood shoulder to shoulder with him. I still remember that day. I couldn’t stop smiling.
Now, it’s up to us to speak up for what he has called a simple proposition: that every single American deserves to be treated equally.
Add your name today and say you’re with Democrats as we fight for the right of every American to marry the person they love.
Thank you for standing up,
Congressman Barney Frank
President Obama concluded in his speech during LGBT Pride Month, “We’ve put forward a strategy to promote and protect the rights of LGBT communities all over the world, because, as Secretary Clinton said back in December, gay rights are human rights.” Adding, “As long as I have the privilege of being your President, I promise you, you won’t just have a friend in the White House, you will have a fellow advocate — (applause) — for an America where no matter what you look like or where you come from or who you love, you can dream big dreams and dream as openly as you want.
Read the Obama administration’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) report card here: White House: Obama Administration Record for the LGBT Community and revisit Vice President Joe Biden’s marriage equality comments on NBC’s Meet the Press here: Vice President Joe Biden Endorses Same-Sex Marriage on NBC’s Meet the Press.