Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) — a co-chair of President Obama’s re-election campaign — has announced her support for including marriage equality in the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform, creating some awkwardness for the Obama’s re-election campaign. “I’m proud to join Freedom to Marry’s ‘Democrats: Say, I Do’ campaign,” Shaheen said in a statement:
Along with the more than 20,000 Americans who have already signed the online petition, I call on the Democratic Platform Committee to affirm the freedom to marry in our party’s national convention platform this September. Any Democratic statement of core beliefs about the importance of families must include all our families, gay and straight. Our party has a long tradition of leading the charge on important questions of justice. Now is the time for the Democratic Party to stand up for the rights of same-sex couples and their families.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) — have also publicly thrown their support behind the effort. Meanwhile, President Obama insists that he is still evolving on the issue.
A Shaheen spokesperson told ThinkProgress: “We’ve let the campaign know the Senator’s position on the platform and Senator Shaheen would welcome the opportunity to discuss it with the President.”