MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has predicted
that President Obama's Wednesday endorsement of gay marriage will
lead to its inclusion in the Democratic Party platform.
Appearing on NBC's Today show,
Maddow said the announcement most likely would pave the way for
marriage equality to be included in this year's platform.
“I think there's a very good chance
it will be part of the platform for the Democratic Party. I think
the prospect that that was going to be some sort of divisive fight or
something they really wanted to avoid is now over. Because of
yesterday's announcement it will be in the party platform.”
Maddow, the host of The Rachel
Maddow Show, said that gay people such as herself have really
practical feelings about marriage equality.
“This is about our lives. This is
about our families. This is about whether or not we are hurt by
policy made in the public arena. And so the symbolic value is
important and does mean a lot to us, but mostly we want practical
policies that help us.”
The president's endorsement “was an
act of political bravery because there is no clear way to say that
this is going to help him politically,” she said.
“This was something that the
president did I think as a matter of conscience. And I think …
we're in a chips-fall-where-they-may moment,” Maddow added.
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