DNC Not Being Straight on 700 Club Interview
That is a question that has to be asked as the controversy continues over Howard Dean’s interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network for The 700 Club in 2006 in which he says that Democrats have much in common with evangelicals and states incorrectly that
The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s what it says.
The 2004 Democratic Party platform actually says
We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families. In our country, marriage has been definited at the state level for 200 years, and we believe it should continue to be defined there. We repudiate President Bush’s divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a Federal Marriage Amendment. Our goal is to bring Americans together, not drive them apart.
This interview continues to raise the hackles of LGBT Democrats like Paul Yandura who says that the DNC continues to claim that they did not know that the interview was for The 700 Club.
From an email by Yandura:
Yesterday on a listserve for LGBT Democratic donors the DNC Treasurer continued the lie that Howard Dean did not interview on The 700 Club, but instead interviewed for the ABC Family Network. (This was the interview where Dean “misspoke” about the party platform and prompted NGLTF to return a $5K donation from the party: cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/060510a.aspx).
If there was confusion on the part of the DNC communications team about the difference to between the Christian Broadcast Network and the ABC Family Network, would not one of the 7 DNC religious outreach staffers know the difference?
Yandura contacted David Brody, the reporter who conducted the interview, who said:
When I interviewed Gov. Dean in 2006 he and his staff knew it was for The 700 Club. That was made very clear.
Reaching out to communities of faith as a way of increasing the numbers of voter who identify with the Democratic Party is understandable, but not if it comes at the expense of LGBT voters who have been one of the most loyal constituencies supporting the party.