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Dean Misstates Party’s Platform on Gays

Posted on May 17, 2006
Howard Dean

Democratic chairman Howard Dean

The Democratic chairman, speaking on Pat Robertson’s network, said that the Dems’ platform declares “marriage is between a man and a woman”—when, in fact, it doesn’t. Gay rights groups are angry.

Update: Pat Robertson, by the say, said that God told him that America would be hit by tsunamis in 2006.

OK, Dean misspoke, but what a sad commentary that he was having a serious conversation with a delusional hate-monger like Robertson, anyway.

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WASHINGTON—Democratic chairman Howard Dean mischaracterized his party’s platform on gay rights in an interview courting evangelicals, then set the record straight Thursday when an advocacy group called him on it.

Dean told Christian Broadcasting Network News that the 2004 Democratic platform declares “marriage is between a man and a woman” - just one of the points he made in reaching out to religious conservatives who are largely hostile to the party.

But the platform does not define marriage that way, and his remarks prompted the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to return a $5,000 donation from the Democratic National Committee.


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By peter porteous, October 20, 2006 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment
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if we do not talk to opposing views we will never learn,,,but Gov Dean where do YOU really stand on this issue???

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By Heather, May 20, 2006 at 4:31 pm Link to this comment
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I’m completely disgusted that Dean was even on the 700 Club.  Pat Robertson is a bigoted, opportunistic religious freak that shouldn’t be given the time of day!  Can the Dems get any dumber?  I’ve been a life-long Democratic - but I’m beginning to think I need to re-think that.  We need a revolution- this country is going down the tubes and we’re relying on idiots like Dean to save us???  HELP!!

PS~The population of VT is about 650,000 including me!

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By Mace Price, May 19, 2006 at 11:12 am Link to this comment
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Fred, I get the idea you’re a slow learner. It isn’t guilt by association, it’s guilt by malicious underlying intentions that you don’t seem to understand. It isn’t intolerance. Intolerance would be closing this website or editing your comment on the basis of its being painfully adolescent…Finally, these villains aren’t talking. They’re preforming. Trolling for votes and therein insulting people’s intelligence with their 2nd rate Machinations. And as long as there’s an Internet I’m not going to sit by and indulge two totalitarian elements who want to limit instinct, i.e., homosexuality and self defense…Hell, why not respiration? Remember Fred, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and any good intentions on the part of these two escape me faster than I used to figure a way to escape my Mother-in-law…Think about it.

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By Fred Wilder, May 18, 2006 at 11:37 pm Link to this comment
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Sorry folks, I don’t buy the guilt by association nonsense.  Regardless of the “mistake” regarding the Democratic Platform, to go after Dean for where he spoke and who he spoke to is absurd.  If you only speak to those you know agree with you, you become George W. Bush.  Such intolerance would be applauded by the Malkins, Savages, et al.

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By casey todd, May 18, 2006 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment
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For John Dean to “mis-speak” is one thing but to do so in the immediate company of one of the worlds craziest facist says more about John Dean than it does about about his nutty host.

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By Mace Price, May 18, 2006 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment
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Will wonders never cease. Pat Robertson and Howlin’ Howard Dean…Now what’s does that tell ya about the latter? Next thing ya know it’ll be Big Sister Hillary Clinton and Jerry Fallwell holding hands after Church. Why not? Stalin was a former Orthodox Seminarian. Politics I’m afraid, are diabolic. If Religion is the opiate of the masses and Marxism is the opiate of Intellectuals—Then Power for it’s own sake must be the opiate of Politicians—In which case maybe real opium wouldn’t be a bad idea for everybody else who thinks 2+2=4. Alas just how Goddamn dumb do they really think we are? If the consequences weren’t so serious; this would be pure comedy!...Entertainment Tonight! Maybe Robertson could put a cardboard box over Howlin’ Howard’s head to keep out the Devil, squint his eyes and pray him back into sanity…This absurdity has to take the cake. This is the worst bullshit I think I’ve seen in Politics for 35 years. Go figure!

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By, May 18, 2006 at 9:35 am Link to this comment
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bend over, howard, and let me explain something to you

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By Hilding Lindquist, May 18, 2006 at 6:31 am Link to this comment
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Howard Dean seems to have been a great governor of Vermont (whom I liked a lot politically back when first I knew of him) who now seems to exemplify the Peter Principle.


Sorry about all those “seems” kinda watering down the force of my rhetoric ... but I feel a whimsical sadness rather than an evangelistic fervor about Dean these days.

What’s the population of Vermont, by the way?

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By locke, May 18, 2006 at 5:58 am Link to this comment
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Good on ‘em for returning the donation.  Still boggles my mind that this is such a hot button issue.  Come on, if it was all about sex, they wouldn’t be clamouring for equality.  Besides, we’ve got more important issues to deal with, like life-threatening issues.  I’m tired of these backpedals into the Dark Ages.

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By JP, May 18, 2006 at 4:31 am Link to this comment
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I like Dean, but.. he needs to stop putting his foot in his mouth!

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