Thank you, Governor Ted Strickland!
Not only do I miss having him as our Governor, I was sad that Governor Ted Strickland couldn’t be at this year’s Ohio Democratic Party State Convention and Dinner. However, I am overjoyed by what kept him away. He’s the Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee. He couldn’t be at the convention because he was hard at work up in Minneapolis, working on the party platform. What’s so exciting about that? Well for the first time in history, the Democratic Party has included marriage equality in its platform. The 15-member panel unanimously backed the inclusion of a marriage equality plank after a national hearing over the weekend.
This is a huge moment. The Democratic Party will go down in history as the party that fought for equal rights for LGBT people. Our nation will look back in shame at how gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people were treated as second class citizens and denied rights that other Americans had access to. The Democratic Party will look back in pride at how they stood up for the rights of this minority group.
While our (former and perhaps future) Governor was in Minneapolis taking a courageous stand for marriage equality, his amazing wife, Frances Strickland was here with us in Ohio. At the Ohio Democratic Party State Dinner she played her guitar and sang songs to give us courage in the fight to win…
Here’s a statement from Equality Ohio about today’s momentous and happy news…
“BREAKING: DNC platform to contain support for Employment Non-discrimination (ENDA – similar to Ohio’s EHEA), repeal of the Federal DOMA and Marriage Equality. We are thankful that the DNC recognizes the need for more than just marriage.”