Rough Democratic Party Platform Revealed!

Need some pre-sleep reading? Well, you’re in luck, because the Democratic Party this week hammered out the rough draft of their party platform. Entitled “Renewing America’s Promise,” the 56-page document outlines everything from national security to rebuilding New Orleans.

The Party’s done a good job addressing – but never explicitly – the ever-evolving face of the nation. For example, their section on “empowering families for a new era,” the platform committee write, “The face of America’s families is also changing, and so are the challenges they confront.”

While gay activists were hoping for explicitly inclusive language, this rough draft touches only briefly on issues close to queer people…

Democrats will fight to end discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age and disability in every corner of our country, because that’s the America we believe in.

We will enact a comprehensive bipartisan employment non-discrimination act. We oppose the Defense of Marriage Act and all attempts to use the issue to divide us.

Note that there’s no declaration to fight state-based marriage fights. Although, to be fair, this is the national party’s platform, not California or Arizona’s.

Those of you who want to read the whole thing can download this PDF, but be sure to remember this is only a rough draft.