For the first time in American history, a major U.S. political party has incorporated support for a redefinition of marriage into its official statement of beliefs.
by EWTN NEWS/CNA
The Democratic Party’s platform, formally adopted at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, supports “marriage equality,” a phrase used by those who wish to redefine marriage to include homosexual couples.
The platform, which outlines the party’s official views on a variety of subjects, called for the full repeal of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes and protects states from being forced to recognize the same-sex unions of other states.
It also called for the passage of the so-called Respect for Marriage Act, which would require the federal government to recognize same-sex “marriages.”
While the document voiced support for the freedom of “churches and religious entities” to determine how “marriage as a religious sacrament” should be administered, it did not include any mention of individuals or groups that hold religious objections to recognizing and supporting civil marriage.
It also noted that the administration has redefined the word “family” in immigration regulations to include homosexual relationships.
Affirming its support of abortion with no restrictions, a redefinition of marriage and free birth control for all women, the Democratic Party said in its official statement of positions that it is committed to “pursuing policies that truly value families.”