How sad that in this day and age the Democratic Party still has not fully embraced the full rights of persons in the LGBT community. In fact today a headline stated "LGBT Activists and DNC Spar over 2012 Election Platform." Change does not seem to be not coming soon enough and too many Democrats, rank & file, party officials and officeholders, are almost indistinguishable from Republicans in their views on this and other issues. I agree with the comment just above . . . nothing would have changed if abolitionists, suffragettes, civil rights activists, had not/ do not made their voices heard loudly. I'm only thankful that the party that speaks for me, the Green Party of the U.S., spells their commitment to LGBT equality out in our party platform plainly and clearly:
In keeping with the Green Key Values of diversity, social justice and feminism, we support full legal and political equality for all persons, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity, characteristics, and expression."
Going further to state:
"* The Green Party affirms the rights of all individuals to freely choose intimate partners, regardless of their sex, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
* The Green Party recognizes the equal rights of persons who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex, transsexual, queer, or transgender to housing, jobs, civil marriage, medical benefits, child custody, and in all areas of life including equal tax treatment."
Sometimes parties think they OWN your vote . . . perhaps it's time to make them EARN your vote?