Posted on | September 6, 2012 by Lisa Correnti |
The Hill reports that gay marriage and LGBT rights are a central issue at the Democratic National Convention now occurring in Charlotte, NC.
President Obama officially announced his support for gay marriage in May and for the first time the DNC party platform supports redefining marriage in favor of same-sex unions. Convention attendees report support for gay marriage and LGBT rights permeating most speeches at the convention.
First lady Michelle Obama voiced her support calling for a country where “proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love.” Mrs. Obama also attended and spoke at a side event sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.
Openly gay Congressman Barney Frank believes President Obama’s position on gay marriage will help him in November though stating Obama’s support isn’t politically driven. “That’s not why he is doing it, so I think it is a two-fer.”
Gay marriage is currently legal in eight states and in the District of Columbia though voters in Maryland and Washington state will decide whether to overturn the will of their legislatures. Gay marriage has been defeated in 32 states when put on the ballot. Voters in Maine and Minnesota will also decide its fate in November.
Eleven countries –Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and parts of Mexico permit same-sex marriage.