Protecting A Woman’s Right to Choose. The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way. We also recognize that health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. We strongly and unequivocally support a woman’s decision to have a child by providing affordable health care and ensuring the availability of and access to programs that help women during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including caring adoption programs ...
Freedom to Marry. We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.
Wow, so states that have passed amendments, reiterating the historic definition of the marriage relationship, have acted in a "discriminatory" manner? I wonder what that says about the Christian Faith, which has defined marriage in the same way as those states for 2,000 years, or Judaism which did so for some 1,800 years prior to that. (I notice how they "support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer their sacraments ... " but that just seems to be a polite nod to those backward, discriminatory religious people.)
You know, people can object to various elements in the Republican platform. (As an independent, I have no qualms doing so.) Christians can honestly debate size of government, budgets, economic plans, student loans, etc., etc. What we cannot do is cast a vote for a candidate who opposes God's Commandment, "Thou shalt not kill," a candidate who opposes "any and all efforts to weaken or undermine" the killing of one million unborn children every year through abortion. There is no other issue or cluster of issues that outweighs abortion! It is an intrinsically evil act, a mortal sin, an absolute deal-breaker.
I am no fan of Mitt Romney, but I am unaware of any point in his party's platform that directly contradicts one of the Commandments, or that refers to the understanding of marriage shared by Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists as "discriminatory."
Does this have some bearing on why the suggestion to reinstate "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel" and an acknowledgment of "GOD" into the Democratic Platform was met with boos and required three votes? You can see it for yourself (click here):