Dean Misstates Party’s Platform on Gays
Posted on May 17, 2006
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.
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.
Democratic chairman Howard Dean