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Howard Dean Changes Tune Regarding DNC’s Stand on Gay Marriage
May 11, 2006, 7:26 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian, Howard Dean, politics, Uncategorized

Statement by DNC Chairman Howard Dean
on CBN Interview

Washington, DC – In a Christian Broadcasting Network interview aired on Wednesday, May 10, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said the following in response to a question about gay marriage:

“[On] gay marriage: the platform said marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s what it says. I think where we may take exception with some religious leaders is we believe in inclusion. That everybody deserves to live with dignity and respect and equal rights under the law are important. I’m not saying we’ll agree with everything between the more conservative evangelicals and Democrats but I think there’s more common ground and we’re willing to work with the evangelical community.” [CBN, 5/10/06]

Dean today issued the following statement:

“I misstated the Democratic Party’s platform, which does not say that marriage should be limited to a man and a woman, but says the Party is committed to full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and leaves the issue to the states to decide. The Democratic Party remains committed to equal protection under the law for all Americans. How we achieve that goal continues to be the subject of a contentious debate, but our Party continues to oppose constitutional amendments that seek to short circuit the debate on how to achieve equality for all Americans.”

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