The Democratic platform included a plank sepcifically endorsing marriage equality. In a more explicit way, I believe every speech I saw at the DNC included a positive reference to marriage equality and glbt persons, but also to quality and tolerance as primary values.
For example, President Obama said:
“We don’t think government can solve all our problems. But we don’t think that government is the source of all our problems – any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles.”
VP Joe Biden:
“We see a future where everyone rich or poor does their part and has a part. A future where we depend more on clean energy from home and less on oil from abroad. A future where we’re #1 in the world again in college graduation. A future where we promote the private sector, not the privileged sector. And a future where women control their own choices, health, and destiny. A future where no one—no one—is forced to live in the shadows of intolerance..”
I agree with Jeremy at Good As You, however, in feeling a bit of disapointment with Bill Clinton’s speech:
. . . If I write just about anything involving William Jefferson Clinton and LGBT progress, I immediately get reminders of his role in both Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act. Every single time. Even if it’s something strong, like when the former Prez came out for marriage equality himself, there is still the residual DADT and (especially) DOMA baggage. More than fifteen years later, both linger. It happened even tonight, in response to my pithy tweet.
More importantly, though:
And yes, this is a party that is now firm in its stand on LGBT equality. Even the cynical among us would have a tough time dinging the three night Convention for its lack of LGBT content. We got mentions of every shape and size from speakers of any number of walks of life. In video, on convicted voice, in textual overlay, in the spirit of the inclusive speaker list—there is no longer any denying this party’s stand.
Are there stronger policy stands we want them to take? Absolutely. I would have loved some explicit mentions of the Employment NonDiscrimination Act, for one. On marriage, I would have liked to hear one of the speakers (or even videos) remind us that Mitt Romney has signed onto the National Organization For Marriage’s truly vicious marriage pledge. More notes about transgender inclusion, absolutely. But the conviction is clearly there. The brand clearly knows its product, its market, and the way to sell a fairer and freer America.
I’m not a single issue voter, but it’s also noteworthy that a single issue can be incredibly crucial. The Republicans are opposed to marriage equality, opposed to ENDA, opposed to treating me as a full citizen. Imperfect though they may be, the Democrats at the least have spoken in favor of marriage, ENDA and treating me as a full citizen.