On May 8, 2012, President Obama told the American people that he supports the right of same-sex couples to marry -- one day after North Carolina joined California and other states in enshrining discrimination against LGBT people in their state constitutions.
We believe the President of the United States is right, and the states whose constitutions have changed are wrong. The last time North Carolina changed its state constitution, it was to ban interracial marriage.
The right to marry is a human right. It should not be subject to vote.
The Democratic Party must live up to its history of working to expand rights and broaden the electorate. Adding a marriage equality plank to the Democratic Party platform will help focus our energies on achieving that goal.
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, #16:
As soon as a person is legally entitled, he or she has the right to marry and have a family.In doing this, neither the colour of your skin, the country you come from nor your religion should be impediments. Men and women have the same rights when they are married and also when they are separated. Nobody should force a person to marry. The government of your country should protect you and the members of your family.
Likewise, with hundreds of anti-women's health bills intruding upon the patient-doctor relationship introduced in what's been called a War on Women in the past year alone, with invasive and unasked-for medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds mandated by states, with access to contraception threatened, and with a women's ability to earn equal pay for equal work done threatened, it is abundantly clear that we cannot vote on the human rights of women either.
We must restore the Equal Rights Amendment to the Democratic Party platform in 2012. It was first introduced in Congress in 1923 by women's voting rights activist Alice Paul and reintroduced every year since then. It was ratified by 35 out of 38 needed states and then the date for its passage expired in 1982. Since then, it's been an important part of the Democratic Party's values and we want to see it returned to the platform as well. It's well past time.
Women's rights are human rights. Their equality under the law should not be subject to vote either.
Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
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