"Obama Adviser Won’t Say If President Supports Including Marriage Equality In Party Platform"
During an interview with ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Senior Obama adviser David Plouffe wouldn’t say if the president supports including marriage equality in the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform. “We’re going to work through the platform process,” Plouffe offered, before contrasting Obama’s achievements for the LGBT community with the GOP’s efforts to malign it:
PLOUFFE: Here’s what I think is important. What is going to be in the Republican platform, if they’re consistent with what their presidential candidates have said, is to re-institute “don’t ask/don’t tell,” to defend aggressively the Defense of Marriage Act. On the other side, you have the president, who’s had groundbreaking progress for gays and lesbians in this country.
So I think there’s going to be a big difference on these issues of fairness and equality. And obviously, the platform process will play out in the coming months….So I think he’s spoken not — not just spoken to, but he’s delivered some really important victories in terms of fairness for gays and lesbians in this country.
Obama continues to insist that he is “evolving” on marriage equality, while at least 22 senators and seven co-chairs of Obama’s re-election bid have indicated their support for Freedom to Marry’s campaign to the equality language in the platform.