Thursday, May 11, 2006

Howard Dean Admits He Made a Mistake

"I misstated the Democratic Party's platform, which does not say that marriage should be limited to a man and a woman, but says the Party is committed to full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and leaves the issue to the states to decide. The Democratic Party remains committed to equal protection under the law for all Americans. How we achieve that goal continues to be the subject of a contentious debate, but our Party continues to oppose constitutional amendments that seek to short circuit the debate on how to achieve equality for all Americans."-from the original post on The Hotline via MyDD.

1 comment:

Phoenix Woman said...

Here's what Dean actually said -- and note the bolded portions in particular:

“Well, let's discuss abortion first,” Dean said. “I think what we have in common with the evangelical community is that we ought to have a lot fewer abortions than we do. The abortions have actually gone up in the last few years. [PW notes:  Precisely BECAUSE of Bush's gutting real family planning for abstinence-based bull, and that's what Dean's trying to communicate here.] We should have far fewer abortions...we ought to make sure that there's not just abstinence, but family planning used to get rid of abortion, and that is something that we share. Now the difference is that we don't think making criminals out of doctors and women is a good idea.”

He added, “The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That's what it says. I think where we may take exception with some religious leaders is that we believe in inclusion, that everybody deserves to live with dignity and respect, and that equal rights under the law are important.”

“I'm not saying we're going to agree with everything, between the more conservative evangelicals and the Democrats, but there's a lot more common ground than most people realize, and we're willing to work with the evangelical community,” Dean said.

Synopsis: Dean referred to the 2004 Democratic platform, probably confusing it with Kerry's 2004 platform (which did indeed state that marriage was a one-man/one-woman affair). But he followed that up by saying that the Democratic party today is committed to equal justice under the law.

However, his words are being tied into pretzels by people with an anti-Dean agenda, most notably Jon Aravosis and Donald Hitchcock and their friends.