Dean and Gays
So if John McCain took heat from moderates for going to Liberty University, what punishment ought to be meted out to Howard Dean for his appearance on the “700 Club?”
A natural political step, courting an important segment of the voting population, keeping the party’s doors open to everyone. Yes, yes, but what he said …
Dean appeared on The 700 Club ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Pat Robertson’s television show ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Wednesday, May 10, in an effort to court Christian evangelicals who constitute the political base of the Republican Party. While on the show, Dean claimed that the Democratic Party platform said “marriage is between a man and a woman.”
But that is not in fact what the platform says. Rather, it states, “We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families.” The platform, which was adopted at the 2004 convention in Boston, also supports the tradition of states defining their own marriage laws and opposes amending the U.S. Constitution to change that.
The latest misstep by Dean, coming on the heels of his decision to fire gay party outreach worker Donald Hitchcock earlier this month, has triggered a wave of angry statements from the LGBT community, many of whom saw Dean’s comments as a cynical political ploy. The incident served to ratchet up the growing discontent with Dean and the party within the community.