DNC Chair Dean Blasts N.Y. Court Decision on Gay Marriage
Howard Dean has been doing a pretty good job of redeeming himself on gay and lesbian civil rights.
After his poor decision to go on the 700 Club and misstate the Democratic Party's platform on marriage and gays, he spoke at the National Stonewall Democrats convention and has publicly condemned the Bush/Republican anti-gay "Federal Marriage Amendment" as well as the recent New York court decision against gay marriage. The DNC has also been improving its outreach to the LGBT communty during Pride events and providing more support to the Stonewall Democrats.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean called the rationale used
in a decision by the New York appeals court reaffirming a ban on gay
marriage "bigoted and outdated."
In a release issued last week, Dean characterized the decision as inconsistent
with Democratic values.
"As Democrats, we believe that every American has a right to equal
protection under the law and to live in dignity. And we must respect the
right of every family to live in dignity with equal rights, responsibilities
and protections under the law," the former Vermont governor wrote.
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