Despite the fact that a majority of Americans - including increasing numbers within the GOP – support marriage equality, reports indicate that the Republican 2012 platform will not only reject marriage equality, but will push for a federal constitutional amendment banning committed gay and lesbian couples from marrying and stripping rights from legally married same-sex couples; call for a vigorous defense of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); and continue to imply that, by their very nature, LGBT families are somehow less worthy of the same dignity and respect as other American families.
The platform language appears to bear more resemblance to the National Organization for Marriage’s “marriage vow” than it does to the values held by mainstream Americans. Like the GOP platform, that vow – which Mitt Romney signed – requires candidates pursue a federal marriage amendment and vigorously defend DOMA. It also calls on candidates to appoint only anti-LGBT judges, reject marriage equality in the nation’s capital, and set up a McCarthy-like commission to investigate the activities of equality supporters.
“This platform language certainly doesn't represent the whole of the GOP, which is continuing to add equality supporters to its ranks,” added Griffin. “As Americans and young Republicans increasingly embrace equality, politicians seeking to harm our community will not even be considered serious contenders at the national level.” Full story here!