Julia Gillard! Take note!
What exactly means it in practice ? Same-sex marriage bill in the Congress, if Democrats win in November, yes? Or just abolition of ‘defense (from human rights) of marriage act’ ?
Wow, this could turn out to be quite the turning point, opinion appears to be shifting relatively quickly. Same-sex sexual activity, after all, was only legalised throughout the USA in 2003. On the other hand, more stubborn elements of the USA (Christian right, entrenched political conservatives etc) will likely take considerably longer to move in this direction.
There can be no doubt that there is still one hell of a lot of work to do before, even legally, never mind socially, we are equal. Still, more support is generally better than less and a US political party officially firmly on our side would be a strong step forward. In some new way this gives me hope that there may yet be a way towards equality within my lifetime. The rigidly non-Democrat states, however, will probably still require one or more Supreme Court rulings.
We shall see, I suppose.
Good news. But actions speak louder than words. Let us see it all in action.
“The platform will reportedly include a condemnation of the Bill Clinton introduced federal ban on same-sex marriage.”
I don’t understand this sentence.
The Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) was signed into law by Bill Clinton. DOMA defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. The law passed both houses of Congress by large majorities. Under the law, no U.S. state or political subdivision is required to recognize a same-sex marriage treated as a marriage in another state. Clinton has since advocated for its repeal and the Obama administration has deemed that sections of it are unconstitutional and so, though it would continue to enforce the law, it would no longer defend it in court.
This is amazing news. They won’t just be doing this out or conscience or political correctness – they must believe it’s a potential vote winner too. Moving forward.
Lets face it Romney is a disaster when it comes to either equality or foreign policy – this has to be a vote winner for Obama.
The disasters of the last few days by Romney in the UK, Israel and Poland coupled with his homophobia demonstrate he lacks the ability to lead. (Loved Camerons put down of him, though!)
I am hoping so much that this really happens. I would LOVE the Democrats to take a stand on this issue, going beyond what is best for the party, but instead doing what is RIGHT for the “people”!!