Texas Democratic Party adds marriage
equality to party platform
QSanAntonio.com, June 10, 2012
San Antonio political activist Ann Marie Schroeder reports that the Texas
Democratic Party now has a marriage equality plank in its party platform.
Schroeder was in Houston at the party convention where she was elected
to the Permanent Platform Committee, which was charged with crafting the
final draft of the new platform.
Here is the language that was passed regarding marriage equality:
"Texas Democrats join President Barack Obama and Vice President
Joe Biden in calling for and affirming equal rights including marriage
equality for all Americans. We, along with our President and Vice President,
recognize that same sex marriages should be valid and legal in America.
"Texas Democrats support President Obama and the United States Justice
Department in recognizing that the Federal Defense of Marriage Act is
unconstitutional and in refusing to defend DOMA in any Federal Court proceeding.
We call for the total repeal of DOMA.
"Eight states and the District of Columbia have now recognized marriage
equality and have legalized same sex marriages.
"Texas Democrats support the full inclusion of all families in the
life of our state, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection
under 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 repeal
of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, the Texas Defense of Marriage
Act and the Texas Constitutional Marriage Amendment and oppose other attempts
to deny the freedom to marry to loving same sex couples."
Schroeder credits Erin Moore, outgoing Vice Chair of Texas Stonewall Democratic
Caucus, with writing the language in the working draft of the Platform.
"She worked extremely hard on the Platform Advisory Committee and
put in a ton of hours on it."
"I believe this and other LGBT language in our Platform is unprecedented,
good and strong," says Schroeder. "We can always propose changes
later if we feel we need broader language. This is one heck of a good
In other news from the convention, three members of the Stonewall Democrats
of San Antonio -- Dan Graney, Olga Hernandez and Eduardo Juarez -- have
been elected as Delegates to the Democratic National Convention scheduled
for Charlotte, NC in September.