And I quote:
We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.
We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.
My two favorite parts of this statement are the references to the “so-called” Defense of Marriage Act (because in truth that act doesn’t defend marriage at all) and the call for the passage of the “Respect for Marriage” act, mostly because they are not calling out gay marriage to be special in any way. They just want respect for all families and ask that committed same-sex couples get the same treatment under the law as committed opposite-sex couples, no more and no less.
I also think it’s important that they make the point that religious institutions are free to take their own stand on gay marriages, So often, the religious right screams that the government is forcing gay marriage upon them and this statement says emphatically that ‘no, we absolutely respect your right to do what you want in your religious venues.’ As distasteful as I find the folks who use the “clobber passages” from the Bibles in their churches, they deserve the religious freedom to do so, and this statement allows for that. What it does not do is allow those folks to use their beliefs to take away my civil rights as an American.
This statement seems to ask without demanding, and that is not something often seen in politics, much less during an election year.
Way to go Dems, way to go!