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Forum Post: Dems Platform Backs Gay Marriage, Abortion Rights

Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 4, 2012, 8:52 a.m. EST by LeoYo (5909)
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Dems Platform Backs Gay Marriage, Abortion Rights


By DONNA CASSATA | Associated Press – 9 hrs ago.. .

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats unveiled a party platform at their national convention Monday that echoes President Barack Obama's call for higher taxes on wealthier Americans while backing same-sex marriage and abortion rights.

Delegates will vote Tuesday to adopt the platform that reflects the president's argument that his work is unfinished and he deserves another four years to complete the job.

"Today, our economy is growing again, al-Qaeda is weaker than at any point since 9/11, and our manufacturing sector is growing for the first time in more than a decade. But there is more we need to do, and so we come together again to continue what we started," the platform said.

The document is a sharp contrast from the Republican blueprint that the GOP adopted at its convention last week. The Republican plan would ban abortion and gay marriage, repeal Obama's health care overhaul law and shift Medicare into a voucher-style program.

Democrats acknowledged that divergent views.

"This election is not simply a choice between two candidates or two political parties, but between two fundamentally different paths for our country and our families," the Democrats said.


The Democratic platform calls for extending the middle-class tax cuts for the 98 percent of American families who make less than $250,000 a year, and makes a promise not to raise taxes on them. The platform claims a typical family has saved $3,600 during Obama's first term. "Now he's fighting to stop middle-class families and those aspiring to join the middle class from seeing their taxes go up and to extend key tax relief for working families and those paying for college, while asking the wealthiest and corporations to pay their fair share," the platform says.

The Republican platform would extend the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, pending reform of the tax code. It also says the party would try to eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains altogether for lower- and middle-income taxpayers. It also would work to repeal the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.


The Democratic platform states that it "unequivocally" supports Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal, and "supports a woman's right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay."

The platform states: "Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way."

The Republican Party platform bans abortion in all cases, even rape, incest and when the life of the mother is endangered. Republicans say "the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." It opposes using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or to fund organizations that perform or advocate abortions.


The Democratic platform supports the movement to get equal treatment under the law for same-sex couples.

The platform says: "We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference." The platform opposes "federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection under the law" to same-sex couples.

The Republican Party platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage. It backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.


The platform states that "Democrats are strongly committed to enacting comprehensive immigration reform." Immigration overhaul would include bringing "undocumented immigrants out of the shadows," requiring illegal immigrants "to get right with the law, learn English and pay taxes" to get on a path toward citizenship. It also calls for a visa system that meets the country's "economic needs, keeps families together and enforces the law." It acknowledges that administrative fixes are not permanent. "Only Congress can provide a permanent, comprehensive solution."

The Republican platform opposes "any form of amnesty" for those who intentionally violate the immigration laws, demands a halt to Justice Department lawsuits against states that have enacted tough immigration measures, would deny federal funding to universities that provide in-state tuition to illegal immigrants and advocates making English the official national language.


Democrats say the new health care law makes Medicare stronger by adding new benefits, fighting fraud and improving care for patients. It notes that nearly 50 million older Americans and those with disabilities rely on Medicare. Over 10 years, the law will save the average Medicare beneficiary $4,200, the platform says. "Democrats adamantly oppose any efforts to privatize or voucherize Medicare," the platform says.

The GOP platform pledges to move Medicare away from "the current unsustainable defined-benefit entitlement model to a fiscally sound defined-contribution model." It supports a Medicare transition to a premium-support model with an income-adjusted contribution toward a health plan of the enrollee's choice.


The Democratic platform criticizes the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which lifted restrictions on independent political expenditures by corporations and unions, and calls for "immediate action to curb the influence of lobbyists and special interests on our political institutions" — with a constitutional amendment, if necessary, in the cause of campaign finance reform.

"We support requiring groups trying to influence elections to reveal their donors so the public will know who's funding the political ads it sees," the platform says.

The Republican platform supports the Citizens United decision as a free speech issue.


The platform pledges to continue building on the new health care law. It says accessible, affordable, high-quality health care is part of the American promise, that Americans should have the security that comes with good health care, and that no one should go broke because they get sick. "No law is perfect and Democrats stand willing to work with anyone to improve the law where necessary, but we are committed to moving forward," the platform says.

The GOP platform says that a Republican president on his first day in office would use his waiver authority to halt progress in carrying out the health care act. It calls for a Republican plan based on improving health care quality and lowering costs and a system that promotes the free market and gives consumers more choice.


The platform says Democrats have responsibly ended the war in Iraq, put the al-Qaida terrorist organization on the path to defeat with the killing of Osama bin Laden and reversed the Taliban's momentum to set the stage for the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

"As a consequence of the president's decisions and the brave work of our military and intelligence professionals, bin Laden can no longer threaten the United States and al-Qaida's senior leadership has been devastated, rendering the group far less capable than it was four years ago," the platform said. "The al-Qaida core in Afghanistan and Pakistan has never been weaker."

Democrats back further reductions in the nuclear weapons stockpile, building on the hard-fought U.S.-Russia treaty that Obama got through the Senate in December 2010. Democrats also say they have an "unshakable commitment to Israel's security," and Obama will do all in his power to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Democrats say they want to maintain a strong military, but argue that in the current fiscal environment, tough budgetary decisions must include defense spending. They noted that Democrats and Republicans agreed last summer in the deficit-cutting plan to reduce military spending.

Republicans, in their platform, criticizes the Obama administration as holding weak positions toward such countries as North Korea, China and Iran and for reductions in military spending.

Associated Press writers Andrew Miga, Michele Salcedo, Will Lester and Douglass K. Daniel contributed to this report.



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[-] 2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago
  • Taxes- false.They are already talking about extending the cuts again. He lied once on it, will do it again
  • Abortion- True
  • GAy rights- still no federal mandate put on the table. What the fuck are they waiting for?
  • Immigration- at least they came with the Dream Act.
  • Medicare- going to get cut regardless of who is in charge due to no priorities in DC
  • Campaign Finance- pssss, please. Totally false. Go ask their donors for this convention alone. Funded by the fuckin banks.
  • Healthcare- ACA written by corrupted ins companies. Not good.
  • Replacing troops with Blackwater is not an end. Al Queda gets stronger the longer we kill innocent people. LEss organized perhaps, but every death recruits more than 1 person to stop this warmongering country.

Are they better than the Republicans on these issues? Abortion yes. Immigration at least they ahve a plan. The rest its just the more of the same shit.

Its like Ive been put in a time warp back to 08. What a sham. Not even a one page piece of paper on gay marriage?

[-] -2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

This is obviously anti dem partisan political campaigning.

Your simplistic one line exaggerations, and mischaracterization betrays your anti dem partisanship.


  • LGBT rights. Ended DaDt, Supports gay marriage! included gay marriage in platform! Signed ryan white bill, Matthew Shephard bill, Allows LGBT partners hospital visitation rights.

  • Iraq war. WAS ended. no blackwater replacement has occurred. Your comment is just a partisan lie! And he is drawing down, and ending Bushes oil war in Afghan as well!

  • ACA: Historic "big f*cking deal" All weaknesses in the law are irrelevant because we got our foot in the door and WILL improve it as we did Social Security when it was first passed over the objection of the republicans your lies serve.

Just more anti dem partisan political campaigning.

[-] 2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

Fuck the Republicans and the Democrats. They are nothing but rich assholes that have non intention of unwinding the problems that they have created. Stop bakcing them and start demanding change happen now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[-] -1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

please refrain from the adolescent vulgarity and obscenities. Your anti dem partisan lies are not more effective when accompanied with bullying tactics.

The parties intentions are irrelevant. We cannot wait for a party to do anything for us. We cannot expect a Pres to do everything for us! We must get off the couch, and take back our govt from the 1% plutocrats.!

We must replace pro 1% conservatives, with pro 99% progressives, and protest, pressure, & agitate for the progressive change we need, and lay the groundwork for the "new system" we desire.!

Stop blaming one party, one pres because it betrays your anti dem partisanship. If you believe in OWS then you would push the positive actions necessary to empower the 99%, and create the new system.!

You ain't foolin anyone but yourself!

[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

No one lies on this forum more than you do Vkag. And no one is mentioned as having a very poor understanding of things more than you on here either Vkag. I could publish a book with the amount of people that have asked me why this Democratic campaigner is flooding the site with lies. Thats all you have is lies. You hear them, you know they are propaganda, and then you spread them anyways.

[-] -2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

I've listed your lies! Give me one lie I've told.

And just so you know. I don't care what people have said to you about me behind me back. You are clearly an anti dem partisan campaigner. And I make a point of not listening to people who can't stick to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

[-] 2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago
  • Gay rights- no federal proposal, just tip toesing around.
  • Iraq War- yes that is what happened. Go ask the troops. Afghan still on surge levels. Bombs still dropping there and in Pakistan. Plus he bombed Yemen, Somolia and Libya. Total fail


  • ACA- stocks keep going up, so do premiums. Previous conditions sort of addressed. Sell out to insurance companies. Go ask people with plans how their rates/benefits are.

The entire system is broken. Stop defending it and join Occupy.

[-] -2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Mischaracterizations, exaggerations, ignoring reality/truth and outright lies because you are an anti dem partisan campaigner.

Dems are natural supporters of OWS! Repubs attack us mercilessly!

[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

"Obama's drones Kill Kids, Even More than Bush's Did"

Please come down to Occupy Tampa and tell them they are all wrong, that Obama is doing what you are claiming he is doing.

I would love that.


[-] -1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

Tampa is kinda weak brother. I protest in NYC!

No body killed more kids than your boy Bush. This Pres has reduced military killings from Bushes Million+ to thousands. That is real progress. It indicates the correct direction, and the improvement we must have.

I am against the drone bombings but to compare current reduced military use to Bushes war mongering slaughter is dishonest.

When you continue to do so betrays your anti dem partisan political campaigning.

[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

So now you are going to disrespect Tampa?

The ones from NYC here dont support you either.

Thank you for reminding me of the massive misinformation that the country is facing. It's good motivation for me as I head out the door to work.


[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

I ain't disrespecting Tampa. (more mischaracterizations) Their protests were weak! Thats all. NYC is where it's at! No place better for OWS! That's where I am counted. that's where I march against our corrupt political system, and the inequities perpetrated upon us by the 1% and their tools in govt.

Who supports me is irrelevant. Are you joking? I don't care who supports me. I support OWS.

You seem to support the republicans since you spew half truths and mischaracterizations in your campaign of anti dem partisanship.

You forgot to tell me ONE lie I've told! just ONE! Can't do it huh? Y'know why?. 'Cause I ain't got to lie! The truth is on my side. And it WILL set you free of the 1% strangle hold upon you.

You betray your own class when you serve the 1% corpaRATions!

Replace pro 1% conservatives with pro 99% progressives, & protest, pressure, and agitate all pols for the change we need to improve the lives of the 99%, & lay the ground work for a new system of governance.

[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

Dem politicians dont come to occupy because they know they arent welcome. Let me konw when you see Schumer speaking at a GA.

  • no federal marriage legislation- FACT
  • Troops replaced with contractors- FACT
  • Bombing still happening- FACT
  • More troops in Afghan than in 08- FACT
  • Healthcare rates and stocks still increasing- FACT

You want to call me a liar?!! You hack, you wouldnt know the truth if it landed in your lap. Stop polluting our forum with YOUR lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[-] -2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

I've already countered your mischaracterizations on LGBT rights! Iragi situation! & Healthcare!

Bombings only with countries approval. I am against it but it ain't war mongering. That is your mischaracterization here.

Afghan. We are reducing troops now. We've signed the agreement to end that oil war. Ignoring those facts betray your anti dem partisanship!

If you don't tell the truth, or you leave out facts, then you are lying. that ain't my rule that is how it is.

You are clearly an anti dem partisan campaigner. Are you working for republicans? gettin a paycheck to spew half truths and exaggerations?

[-] 1 points by Lucky1 (-125) from Wray, CO 11 years ago

I'm no republican but you are a despicable person. Apperently you are getting a paycheck from the DNC. You are the fucking liar.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 11 years ago

And who are you pray tell. Another anti dem partisan? Have we discussed something previously? Do we disagree on some issue.

I am a registered independent, who supports progressive solutions.

Please refrain from the personal attacks. Let's have a respectful discussion. Using the schoolyard bullying tactics of you candidate Romney betrays your true colors.

You cannot bully me in a virtual world. You gotta be able to threaten physical violence. You know that right.?

[-] -2 points by brudlo (-454) 11 years ago

instead of a balloon drop at the end of the convention, the dems will be dropping condoms.

[-] 0 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 11 years ago

republicans are the problem