Updated 09/05/2012 07:27 AM
Democrats officially adopt marriage equality to party platform
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Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people have come a long way since the Democratic National Party first recognized them back in 1988.
“Now you have in those 20-30 years a party that is respecting us for who we are," American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said.
It’s an identity that now encompasses marriage equality, at least in the eyes of the Democratic Party. Taking a cue from President Barack Obama, delegates adopted marriage equality into the platform for the first time Tuesday evening.
"The president showed that very personal struggle, and America is going through that too, and he modeled a process for our country to come to the conclusion that marriage is for everyone and the freedom to marry is a fundamental right," Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jerame Davis said.
Another milestone for people in the LGBT community since Obama took office is the end of the Don't Ask Don't Tell military policy.
"Having a country where every individual is treated by the same rules and plays by the same rules and has a fair shot,” Kathleen Sebelius with the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said.
Democrats say the Obama administration’s actions to better serve the LGBT community give them a clear distinction between themselves and Republicans.
"They don't make the case for small government when they're trying to control our love lives and our sex lives," Davis said.
However, the Texas delegates at the DNC are among those who say outreach is not always easy.
"Very difficult, very difficult,” Houston delegate Benjamin Chou said. “A lot of people, especially those who of color tend to be more closeted, uncomfortable, because of their different heritage and background."