Dems' PRIDE Month Proclamation

June is gay pride month. Yesterday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean joined Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank and our own Representative Tammy Baldwin in issuing the following proclamation marking PRIDE Month:

"Today, on behalf of Democrats across America, we join together in honoring the contributions that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families make to our society and reaffirming our Party's abiding commitment to full equality for all Americans, including the LGBT community.

"Because Democrats value all families, we are committed to the fundamental principle that every American has the right to live in dignity, with equal rights, responsibilities and protections under the law. No American should have to live in fear or be forced to hide their true identity to avoid horrific attacks or discrimination in areas like hiring, housing or health care. That's why Democrats have led the fight for hate crimes legislation at the federal and state levels, and why Democrats continue to fight for laws that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation."

Read the full statement here.

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At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard Dean speaks out of both sides of his mouth. Just last month he was addressing a group on the religious right and said the Democratic Party believes marraige is between one man and one woman. I guess he has a different definition of full equality.

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Keith said...

Thanks for Tammy's contribution to the national proclamation.

What is the local Democratic Party of Wisconsin proclaiming?

For that matter, what is the local Republican party of Wisconsin proclaiming?

Both parties' conventions surely produced a platform? Is there anything in the platforms (or proclamations) about the amendment?

At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Todd said...


Check out the Wisconsin Republican Party's website. The third button on the right is a petition in favor of what they call the "Defense of Marriage" amendment.

Though they haven't yet had their convention the state Democrats are on record opposing the ban.


At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The State Democratic Party has solidly taken a position against the amendment.

In fact there are several more resolutions related to recognizing civil partnerships and condemming the ban up for vote at their State convention June 9/10th.

Joe Wieneke State Chair has testified in public hearings against the ban and I've seen a lot of emails he has sent to the county chairpersons to get behind the side of fairness and defeat this ban.

This is well in line with their 2004/5 Platform under the area of Human Concerns which can be found on their state web page.



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