Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Mea Culpa over Marriage: A Onetime Darling of LGBT Voters, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Said on the 700 Club in May That the Party Platform Opposed Marriage Equality. He Was Wrong

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Mea Culpa over Marriage: A Onetime Darling of LGBT Voters, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Said on the 700 Club in May That the Party Platform Opposed Marriage Equality. He Was Wrong

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What is the chairman of the DNC doing on The 700 Club?

It's not the last time I'm going to go on CBN. I went on and I said gay people need to be included [and that the Democrats] stand up for equal rights for every American. Look, I don't defend the mistake I made--I misstated the party's platform [which says states should define marriage]. But I also stood up for gay Americans on that show. With my history, there's no way I'm going to back away from the LGBT community.

How did that mistake happen?

Because [opposition to same-sex marriage] was the position that the presidential candidate had in the last election--I just assumed that that was the party platform.

Do you personally support marriage for same-sex couples?

I've never answered that question. What I have said is that I support equal rights under the law for every single American.

That sounds like you want to say you're in favor of marriage equality without actually saying it.

You know, I represent a party that has a very broad constituency. I'm not a candidate at this point; all I can do is say that we're going to continue to work really hard for equal rights under the law, and we're going to continue to work really hard to kill nasty, divisive approaches like the [antigay federal] marriage amendment. …

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