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MONTPELIER, VT – This past Saturday, hundreds of delegates from across the state assembled in Barre for the Vermont Democratic Party State Convention. Euan Bear, Committeewoman from Franklin County, presented the delegates with a resolution calling for the Vermont Democratic Party to ask for the official platform of the National Democratic Party to endorse marriage equality. Additionally, Ms. Bear’s resolution asks that all VDP delegates to the National Convention in Charlotte all support the inclusion of marriage equality in the Democratic Party’s platform.
The resolution passed unanimously and without debate by acclamation and a resounding round of applause. In response to it’s passage, Bear stated, “We are a marriage-equality state in a nation where our federal government still discriminates in a thousand different ways against my marriage and those of hundreds of thousands of other lesbians and gay men. We are Democrats and Vermonters: we know it’s long past time for that discrimination to end. The Vermont Democratic Party, through its nominating convention, has unanimously agreed to commit its national convention delegates to support a national marriage equality plank, a move toward ‘liberty and justice for all.’”
Chairman Jake Perkinson echoed the sentiment, saying, “Saturday’s convention was yet another example of Vermont Democrats leading the fight for equality, committing itself to the promotion and protection of equal marriage rights for all Americans. This fall, as we travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, a state that so recently stood in the way of progress for equality, we will communicate to the rest of the nation that Vermont Democrats will continue to fight for equal marriage rights.”