Gay Democrats on 2008 Democratic Party Platform
National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jon Hoadley released this statement on the 2008 Democratic Party Platform:
The 2008 Democratic National Platform is the most pro-equality Democratic platform in history. The 2008 Democratic platform includes everyone in our community, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. With the addition of gender identity in the 2008 Democratic platform to the categories of discrimination we are opposed to, Democratic Party is now standing with the majority of LGBT Americans in our belief that advancing pro-equality policy means comprehensive protections for our entire community.
The hard work of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied Democrats has moved us to this point. In regards to pro-equality issues, the 2008 Democratic National Platform now clearly addresses a comprehensive domestic HIV/AIDS strategy, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” non-discrimination law, and the passage and equitable enforcement of hate crimes legislation, among other points of broad inclusion throughout the document. Additionally, for the first time, all same-sex couples are included in the Democratic Party’s definition of family within the Party platform. This is an important distinction as this inclusion now binds reflects the Democratic Party’s commitment to full equality including a host of issues such as retirement, health care, family policy and more.
This platform stands in stark contrast to a Republican Party which continues to marginalize millions of Americans from full inclusion in public life just because of who they are or the person they love.
The 2008 Democratic National Platform will be a guiding document for policy and legislation that embodies the values of our Party. These advancements in our Party’s binding document are thanks to the work and input of LGBT delegates, Senator Obama and his campaign, LGBT advocates, and Stonewall Democrats across the country.