What the Candidates Should Say About Marriage

August 8, 2007 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

The brilliant Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry has some great advice on how to talk about marriage for the Democratic presidential candidates in advance of tomorrow night’s forum on LGBT issues.

Candidates seeking to explain their position further should talk about real couples, real kids, and real emotions and values, such as treating people the way you’d want to be treated. They should move beyond abstractions and buzzwords to concrete examples [PDF] of the protections and responsibilities that come with marriage that are being wrongfully withheld from taxpaying citizens. They should describe how marriage protects families and children, protections that gay and lesbian Americans, in our common humanity, need too.

I willing to bet that the top three candidates will not be taking Evan’s advice, not because it isn’t smart, but because they fear that coming out in favor of full equality for LGBT people will be a losing political proposition. While Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich are in favor of marriage for same-sex couples, they have as much chance of being elected president as Bart Simpson. That means that those of us who vote Democrat are left with the other candidates who are generally supportive, but not so much when it comes to marriage.

Read the rest of what Evan has to say here.

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Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Advocacy, Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Campaigns, Democrats, Dennis Kucinich, Family, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, LGBT, Liberals, Marriage, Mike Gravel, Politics.

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