Of those who endorsed such a plank, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Tom Harkin (D-IA), John Kerry (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) represent states that have legalized same-sex marriages already.
All 19 legislators approved a statement released by Freedom to Marry as part of its “Democrats: Say I Do” campaign, launched February 13:
The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the 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 Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples.
Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, said in a statement:
“These 19 senators from across the nation all know firsthand why marriage matters to gay and lesbian couples, their kids, their kin, and our country. Their support for Freedom to Marry’s “Say I Do” campaign shows real momentum among Democrats for what the Democratic Party does at its best—overcome discrimination and barriers and lead the way toward a more perfect union.”
We applaud the politicians’ commitment as well, but we’re a little disappointed more didn’t sign on—especially considering how poll after poll is showing more Americans than ever support full marriage equality.
Sigh, we guess it’s no coincidence the word “senate” stems from the Latin word for “old men.”
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