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posted Friday, September 4, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 36
DNC approves marriage equality; RNC stands by freedom to discriminate
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DNC approves marriage equality; RNC stands by freedom to discriminate

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The DNC (Democratic National Committee) unanimously passed a resolution August 27 supporting the U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

'Same-sex marriage is a constitutionally guaranteed right nationwide and can no longer be denied by state laws,' reads the resolution. 'The ruling now recognizes same-sex marriages all across this nation and these families will now be protected under the law from the discrimination and mistreatment to which they have long been subjected.'

The resolution also describes the ruling in the Obergefell case as 'an important victory for the LGBT community' and 'a monumental step forward for our nation.'

'The Democratic National Committee applauds this Supreme Court decision and will continue its work in achieving real progress and supporting the LGBT community,' it reads.

The DNC acted just two days after four Republican presidential hopefuls - Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, and Rick Santorum - signed onto a NOM pledge to overturn the high court's decision.

The RNC (Republican National Committee) also acted in August, approving a resolution supporting the so-called 'First Amendment Defense Act, a measure to prevent the federal government from penalizing businesses and non-profits that discriminate against same-sex couples.

The GOP resolution references a number of cases in which private business owners have faced legal consequences for refusing to serve same-sex couples because businesses which provide public accommodations are barred from discriminating against customers on the basis of gender or sexual orientation.

The ACLU has called the measure 'a Pandora's Box of taxpayer-funded discrimination against same-sex couples and their children.'

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has also come out against the legislation, saying it would undermine the rule of law and promote taxpayer-funded discrimination.

'The right to believe is fundamental, but the right to use taxpayer dollars to promote discrimination is not,' said JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs for the Human Rights Campaign.

'It's no wonder the RNC attempted to keep quiet its support for a reckless and irresponsible bill that would promote discrimination with taxpayers' money and reward discriminatory actions by federal employees with taxpayer funding,' Winterhof added.

'Those Republican candidates who choose not to speak out against this RNC resolution should not be shocked when LGBT Americans choose to not give them the benefit of the doubt next November.'

Ellen Barrosse RNC chair of the Conservative Steering Committee and Delaware Mother of the Year, said the legislation has nothing to do with discrimination. It is 'an attempt, for those of us who are people of faith, to protect religious organizations,' she claimed.

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