For the first time, the Democrats' platform strongly supports same-sex marriage. It states: "We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples."
On the other hand, the Republican platform states: "Congressional Republicans took the lead in enacting the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of States and the federal government not to recognize same-sex relationships licensed in other jurisdictions. We reaffirm our support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman."
When the Democratic Party platform came to the convention floor for approval, it omitted the name of God (which had been in previous Democratic Party platforms). A motion was made to put God back into the platform, a motion that required a two-third majority to pass.
The chair called for a voice vote, and the Ayes and Nays sounded equal. The chairman looked baffled and called for a second vote. Again the Ayes and Nays sounded equal. Looking flustered, the chairman called for one-third vote, which again sounded equally divided.
The chairman then read a pre-scripted ruling from the teleprompter, which was obviously false. He said the motion received a two-third affirmative vote and was adopted, and rapidly moved on to other Convention business.
It's important for all Americans to know that at least half of the Democratic National Convention delegates voted to ban "God" from their party platform.
With public opinion polls running about even for the Obama-Romney race, people keep asking what a second term for Obama will mean to the United States. He gave us a significant clue when (not realizing his microphone was on) he told the Russian president that, after reelection, he will have "more flexibility" to give the Russians what they want on anti-missile defenses.
Obama will also have "more flexibility" to limit our religious freedom. We can expect him to finish his job of banning religious freedom and "fundamentally transforming" us into a totally secular state where we will be denied the First Amendment's "free exercise" of religion we have always known.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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