Democrats offer stark contrast on gay rights at convention

So in the end, for Barack, these issues aren’t political — they’re personal.  Because Barack knows what it means when a family struggles.  He knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids.  Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it.  And he wants everyone in this country — everyone — to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.

Other speakers, including gay Rep. Jared Polis (D-Co.) and Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick, mentioned the ongoing gay rights struggle during their Tuesday speeches.

“We believe that freedom means keeping government out of our most private affairs, including out of a woman’s decision whether to keep an unwanted pregnancy and everybody’s decision about whom to marry,” Patrick said.

Democrats also included the ongoing quest for gay rights as a central piece of the 2012 party platform. Republicans, however, were far less inclusive in their own platform, which calls for a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

Tonight’s speakers include former President Bill Clinton and Mass. Sen. candidate and friend-of-the-family Elizabeth Warren.


Top photo: First Lady Michelle Obama (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)