What do your state party platforms say about equality?
That’s the question of the day. Surf around and see what you can find.
Just so you know, the NC Republican Party Convention starts today and runs through Sunday in New Bern. It’s no wonder the party spawns the likes of Vernon Robinson when you have a platform that says this:
We believe homosexual behavior is not normal and should not be established as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle either in public education or in public policy. We do not believe public schools should be used to teach children that homosexual behavior is normal. We do not believe that taxpayers should fund benefit plans for unmarried partners. We oppose special treatment by law based on nothing other than homosexual behavior or identity. We support federal and state constitutional amendments to ensure that marriage is limited to the union of one man and one woman. We oppose attempts to legitimize homosexual relationships by placing such relationships on an equal footing with marriage. We oppose the adoption of children by same sex couples. (NCGOP Party Platform Article I, Section 3)
And what about the NC Democratic Party, which will hold its convention June 23-26, in High Point:
We oppose discrimination of any kind, whether in employment, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, veteran status, religious affiliation, spiritual beliefs, health care, education, retirement programs, housing, or any other area. We encourage vigorous enforcement of existing civil rights laws and a periodic re-examination of their adequacy. (“Discrimination” NCDP Platform www.ncdp.org/platform)
Better, but you won’t find an official statement on marriage. Sigh. Not yet.
The Progressive Summit, organized by the Progessive Democrats of North Carolina PAC, will meet this weekend, June 3-4, 2006 as well, at The Summit at Haw River State Park, in Browns Summit. Its statement on the same subject:
We demand full human and civil rights for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. We honor their experience and believe they are entitled to the same rights to marriage, child adoption, housing, and employment that all other state residents enjoy. We condemn efforts to pass a state constitutional ban to gay marriage.
Maybe one day we’ll get there.
Hat tip to the North Carolina Advocacy Coalition, which has been gaining steam. Its web site is up, and it recently landed its first organizational funding so that it can work at the grassroots level to increase voter participation, public education and be an advocate for issues that will affect LGBT Tar Heels, targeting the 18-24 age group, the demo with the lowest voter participation rates. It’s a good complement to the excellent work of Equality NC.
Speaking of Equality NC, the organization will hold Take a Day Off for Equality – Lobby Day on June 6 at the NC General Assembly, encouraging citizens to participate in speaking with legislators about the marriage amendment bills, and other repressive backward legislation they have on tap. (Senate Bill 1228/House Bill 2438 – yes, the wingnuts submitted it again – a petition to legislators is here). You can see the goons in my last post on the matter.
Equality NC will provide training on how to engage with elected officials, and it will hold a mid-day press conference and rally that day as well. Coordinating and participating on this with ENC are:
* Human Rights Campaign
* North Carolina PFLAG
* Durham People’s Alliance
* NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina
* The Queer College Youth Network of the Triad
* Safe Schools NC
* UNC GLBT-SA