LGBTs help make history at Democrats'
QSanAntonio.com, June 14, 2012
It was early in the afternoon of June 8 when QSanAntonio got the word
from San Antonio political activist Ann Marie Schroeder that the Texas
Democratic Party had approved a marriage equality plank in the 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.
Once it was passed, Schroeder sent the text of the plank, making QSanAntonio
one of the first media outlets to publish it. Here's the language of the
marriage equality plank:
"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."
Shroeder credits Erin Moore, outgoing Vice Chair of Texas Stonewall Democratic
Caucus, for helping the draft of the Platform. "She worked extremely
hard on the Platform Advisory Committee and put in a ton of hours on it."
Shroeder credits Erin Moore, outgoing Vice Chair of Texas
Stonewall Democratic Caucus, for helping draft the platform. "She
worked extremely hard on the Platform Advisory Committee and put in a
ton of hours on it."
In an email to QSanAntonio, Moore wrote: "Thank you for the credit
but it is credit that must be shared. Don Bankston from Richmond Texas,
a straight ally, wrote the words. Indeed it was the effort of a lot of
people pulling the rope in the same direction that got us the most progressive
Texas Platform in decades. Terri St. Clair of the Young Democrats, Jackie
Soliz-Chapa from Austin, Teresa Klein from Corpus Christi, Carol Wright
from Houston, Dan Graney from Texas Stonewall Democrats and, most especially,
JC Dufresne from Cibolo got this done."
"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 -- were
elected as Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte,
NC in September.