Democratic National Committee (DNC)
Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said that President Barack
Obama supports gay marriage because he believes all people should be
treated equally under the law.
Schultz, a representative from Florida,
made her remarks in a Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) appearance
as the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Charleston,
where Democrats are expected to ratify a Democratic Platform which
includes support for gay nuptials.
During the interview, Schultz was asked
how the marriage plank will affect Democrats opposed to such unions.
“Well, applying the law equally –
whether you're talking about marriage or anything else – is not a
political issue. It's a values issue. It's an issue of principle
and President Obama supports marriage equality because he believes
that the law should treat everyone equally regardless of who you
choose to love,” Schultz told CBN.
“Now, of course, with religious
institutions specifically, you know churches and synagogues and other
ministries, that's a separate issue.”
“Those religious institutions and
religious leaders should continue to decide whether or not to
recognize the kind of sanctity to recognize or not. But President
Obama believes that the law should not treat people differently when
it comes to civil recognition of marriage,” she