Georgia Democrats Respond to Gay Marriage Platform Proposal

Ga. Delegate-at-Large Dorothy Shaw

 

By ALISEN REDMOND

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Delegates for the Democratic Party will vote on the 2012 platform proposal Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte N.C.

The proposal contains a segment supporting marriage rights for same-sex couples and opposes government interference with religious institutions’ administration of marriage. It endorses the Respect for Marriage Act and opposes federal and state constitutional amendments that would deny same-sex couples equal protection under the law.

One of the reasons Georgia delegate-at-large Sheri Mann Stewart chose to run as a delegate is strong support for this proposal.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be here this year because it is so historic that our president has come out in favor and support of this,” Stewart said. “I am just looking forward to celebrating tonight that our party actually passes this.”

The proposed platform endorses the Respect for Marriage Act and opposes federal and state constitutional amendments that would deny same-sex couples equal protection under the law.

Stewart said she believes this catches the Democratic Party up to public sentiment. “They understand that this is not a threat to other people’s marriages or anything else. It is just equality for all our citizens.”

Ga. Delegate-at-Large Dorothy Shaw said the only resistance to the proposal she has seen within the party comes from religious groups, a view she says is not supported by the Bible.

“I think it is time that we had marriage equality for people who want to be committed to each other,” Shaw said.

“I think it is about time and I am so glad my president, President Obama is the one who did it,” said 13th Congressional District Chair Mellissa Prescott Crawford. “It is a great thing to happen for this piece of history to be made at our convention. We just keep making history and I am so proud.”

“I think it is finally time that one of our major political parties has finally recognized what I know and what I think my fellow party members know is the right side of history,” said Josh Altman, a delegate from Canton Ga. “[This] is the inevitable development of our country, that we can finally accept all Americans and allow them to pursue happiness as they choose.”

Other delegates are less openly enthusiastic.

“Right now I have no problems with it,” said Venda Young, a delegate from Cumming Ga. “[I have] no views on it, but no problems with it.

Another GA delegate declined to be interviewed.

 

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