Four former chairs of the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday endorsed a proposal that would add marriage for same-sex couples to their party’s 2012 platform.
“We are proud that the Democratic Party fights for working families, economic justice, and equal opportunity for all,” said Howard Dean, Donald Fowler, Steve Grossman and David Wilhelm in a joint statement. “Times change, but our principles must always remain strong.”
This announcement coincides with oral arguments that a federal appeals court in Boston heard on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. It also comes less than a month after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who chairs the Democratic National Convention that will take place in Charlotte this summer, announced his support for the proposal.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and 22 U.S. senators are among those who have also backed the proposal. President Barack Obama has yet to publicly endorse marriage for same-sex couples in spite of increased pressure from a growing number of LGBT activists to do so.
“Fighting for families, freedom, and inclusion in the American Dream is the Democratic Party’s DNA—its history, values, and vision for the country,” said Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson. “That’s why so many of the most influential Party leaders — including, today four of the most recent Party chairs—support a freedom to marry plank in the Democratic Party platform.”