Thank you, Governor Ted Strickland!

Not only do I miss having him as our Governor, I was sad that Governor Ted Strickland couldn’t be at this year’s Ohio Democratic Party State Convention and Dinner. However, I am overjoyed by what kept him away. He’s the Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee. He couldn’t be at the convention because he was hard at work up in Minneapolis, working on the party platform. What’s so exciting about that? Well for the first time in history, the Democratic Party has included marriage equality in its platform. The 15-member panel unanimously backed the inclusion of a marriage equality plank after a national hearing over the weekend.

This is a huge moment. The Democratic Party will go down in history as the party that fought for equal rights for LGBT people. Our nation will look back in shame at how gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people were treated as second class citizens and denied rights that other Americans had access to. The Democratic Party will look back in pride at how they stood up for the rights of this minority group.

While our (former and perhaps future) Governor was in Minneapolis taking a courageous stand for marriage equality, his amazing wife, Frances Strickland was here with us in Ohio. At the Ohio Democratic Party State Dinner she played her guitar and sang songs to give us courage in the fight to win…

Here’s a statement from Equality Ohio about today’s momentous and happy news…

“BREAKING: DNC platform to contain support for Employment Non-discrimination (ENDA – similar to Ohio’s EHEA), repeal of the Federal DOMA and Marriage Equality. We are thankful that the DNC recognizes the need for more than just marriage.”

Story,  photos and video by Lauren Michelle Kinsey
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  • SlapFat

    I think it’s phenomenal, ahh screw that, it’s beyond phenomenal that the Dems have taken this matter and made it a primary focus. Not only does it shatter the false equivalency that “both parties are the same,” it does the obvious: embracing the idea to extend the same privileges that heterosexuals enjoy to the sexualities of all Americans.

    This is progress, and it’s way past due.

  • Red Rover

    Absolutely past due. It’s great now that the Democratic Party is going to stand for equal rights for a minority group – now that it’s politically convenient to do so. Way to tail progress!

    Seriously, this is good news, but I’m not going to forget their lack of support and sometimes opposition to equal marriage just because they change their official platform.

  • Ron Bockman

    A good way to reduce aids cases is to do away with the sodomizers, the tuchas bandits and there will be a lot cleaner penises

  • GaryJohnsonforPresident

    Congratulations to the Demokratik party for coming out 100 days before the election. Didn’t dear ruler sing a different tune a few years ago?

    The Libertarians have been in support of marriage equality for 40 years. But they also favor small government and place value on the individual, so they don’t get the blessings of Plunderbund and Ms Kinsey.

  • It is phenomenal! I agree with you. The two parties are like night and day. The Republican Party is like a long dark cold night for a homeless person. The Democratic Party is like the promise of a new day with liberty and justice for all.

  • The Democratic Party leads the way when it comes to greater equality, and The Republican Party tries to drag us all back to the dark ages. I’m sticking with the only party in America that can defeat Republicans. And if you don’t vote for Democrats you just help Republicans win.

  • You congratulated the party for “coming out” – are you trying to imply that the entire party is gay? Wow. That would be fabulous.

    Libertarians have disastrous economic and environmental policy ideas. Yuck and no thank you.

  • Red Rover

    Actually Democrats help Republicans win, and vice versa. Each party is voted in to office wrapped in the hopes of the electorate. Then they disappoint and get voted out. I’d rather break the cycle than keep it going by supporting either of the two big business parties.

  • Lauren Kinsey

    When you vote for a third party candidate you’re not breaking any cycle. You’re just helping Republicans advance their legislative agenda. When Democrats win the majority of seats, the legislation that results leads to more jobs, better healthcare, more environmental protections, progress toward equality for women and minorities, etc. I understand that you are trying to make the world a better place, but please rethink your strategy.

  • Red Rover

    We currently have a two-party-dominated system. Firstly I believe in challenging that stranglehold, but within that system the only way to make lasting improvements to the political spectrum is to displace (or at least challenge) one of them. Neither one of the current big two were around when our country was founded, and they’ve each had to reinvent themselves along the way. But if there’s no Left challenge to the Democrats, they’ll just continue to swerve to the Right.

    I’ll also say that a lot of the environmental protections and such that we enjoy today were passed under Richard Nixon, not a Democrat. Howard Zinn said, “What matters most is not who is sitting in the
    White House, but ‘who is sitting in’ — and who is marching outside the
    White House, pushing for change.” I’m going to challenge whoever wins this election to do better, and I don’t see the outcome significantly different if it’s Romney or Obama, so there’s no sense in having to choose between an outsourcing businessman and an assassin.

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