Despite President Obama making unprecedented moves to appease “gay” rights advocates, they are exerting still more pressure by asking the Democratic Party to officially declare their opposition to traditional marriage.
Supporters of the “gay” lifestyle are calling for the Democratic National Committee to officially endorse same-sex marriage.
Recently, four former Democratic National Committee chairmen issued a statement in support of openly endorsing ‘gay’ marriage. In their statement they noted that nearly two dozen Democratic senators, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and tens of thousands of party activists already backed the idea.
Backers of adding the proposal to the party’s platform plank argue that “coming out of the closet” in support of same-sex marriage could motivate Democratic constituencies and appeal to independent voters.
However, some political supporters note that while the President was able to push through a repeal of the Revolutionary War ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, and that his administration has refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act which passed with large bi-partisan support in both houses of Congress and was signed by the last Democrat president, Bill Clinton, for the party to go to this next step would alienate so-called blue dog Democrats.
They also note that the issue of gay marriage remains controversial among black voters, a key constituency for the Democratic Party. In Maryland, pastors of Black churches led the effort for a referendum to overturn the state’s new law allowing same-sex marriage.
In California, Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman was supported by large numbers of blacks and Hispanics who are another key constituency group.
While the party does not need Obama’s endorsement in order to add the gay marriage plank, with such a high-profile issue the president would find it difficult to stay neutral on the issue.
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