Democratic National Committee: Include marriage equality in the 2012 party platform
  • Petitioned Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

This petition was delivered to:

2012 Democratic National Convention Chair
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Democratic National Committee Chair
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee Press Secretary
Malanie N. Roussell

Democratic National Committee: Include marriage equality in the 2012 party platform

    1. Shannon  Ritchie
    2. Petition by

      Shannon Ritchie

      Durham, United States

July 2012


Good news! I can now confirm that the Democratic Party has unanimously agreed to include marriage equality in the platform, affirming their commitment to progress. This is a tremendous victory and I am proud to see Democrats take a courageous leap forward to protect the civil rights of individuals, once again. Thank you all for your commitment to equality and for supporting this initiative. The members of the committee made it clear that they were listening to our call for change. We did it! -- Shannon

My husband, Carl, and I are proud to live in North Carolina and start our family here.  In 2009, we said our wedding vows, surrounded by our friends and family and the beautiful mountains outside of Asheville. We are the fortunate ones.

On Tuesday, May 8, North Carolina became the 31st state in the nation -- and the last state in the South -- to pass a hurtful amendment to our constitution that not only bans same-sex marriage and civil unions, but also threatens domestic-violence protections and health benefits for unmarried families.

My husband and I fought as hard as we could to stop Amendment 1. Throughout the course of this fight in NC, I was pregnant with my first child. Some day I'll be able to share that story with my son, who was with us every step of the way. We all fought for him -- not knowing if he'll someday be subjected to bullying at school or denied the opportunity to marry the person he loves or adopt a child in need of a loving home. When such blatant bigotry is a thing of the past, he'll look back and be proud of his parents for standing on the right side of history.

But there's more that we can do to ensure that future. Right now.

In just a few months, the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now is the time for the Democratic Party to stand with the LGBT community and officially endorse marriage equality as part of the 2012 Democratic Party Platform.

22 Democratic Senators, 11 State Democratic Party Chairs, the Chair of this year's Democratic National Convention and four former chairs of the national Democratic Party have come out in support of adding marriage equality to the Democratic Party Platform.

And over the past few days, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have come out in support of marriage equality for loving gay and lesbian couples.

Now -- more than ever before -- is our opportunity to solidify equality as a shared value of all Democrats.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 30,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anna Kelly OKC, OK
      • almost 2 years ago

      EQUAL RIGHTS for ALL!!!

    • Tim Alan Thompson INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      This is an issue which should be included in the Democratic party - every year.

    • Stephanie Doniec PALOS PARK, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      Why not? As someone in the LGBT community i believe that everyone deserves equal treatment; its in our constitution after all. and last i checked the United States is not a Theocracy

    • Ola Klingberg ASBURY PARK, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      In November, I hope to be able to vote for a party that promotes full civil rights for me and my partner of ten years.

    • Donald Sylvia LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a gay male living with my partner for 25 years, I have no intention of legally marrying however, that should be MY decision, not anyone else's.


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