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DEAN AND GAY MARRIAGE

On the Howard Dean/gay marriage statement that Stanley and Jonah mentioned earlier, the Democratic National Committee has just released a statement:

Washington, DC – In a Christian Broadcasting Network interview aired on Wednesday, May 10, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said the following in response to a question about gay marriage:

“[On] gay marriage: the platform said 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 we believe in inclusion. That everybody deserves to live with dignity and respect and equal rights under the law are important. I’m not saying we’ll agree with everything between the more conservative evangelicals and Democrats but I think there’s more common ground and we’re willing to work with the evangelical community.” [CBN, 5/10/06]

Dean today issued the following statement:

“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.”

One note here: Apparently Dean quotes himself slightly incorrectly.  According to this account of the interview written by CBN Capitol Hill correspondent David Brody, Dean began his statement a bit more explicitly, with this: “Gay marriage.  The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says marriage is between a man and a woman.”  The rest of CBN’s transcript agrees with Dean’s statement.

Byron York is a former White House correspondent for National Review.

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