A proposed plank for the Indiana Democratic Party platform will include language opposing a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages and civil unions. Vi Simpson, the Democrat's Lieutenant Governor candidate announced the plank at this weekend's Pride festivities.
Simpson, one of the most liberal members of the Indiana legislature and who supports full marriage equality is running with conservative John Gregg who announced his support of the amendment last month. Several sources say that Simpson was chosen because many progressives weren't actively assisting the Gregg campaign because of his anti-choice, anti-labor, and anti-LGBT stances. Gregg has reportedly signed off on the plank.
The proposed language will read:
The Indiana Democratic Party is proud of our longstanding commitment to and support for civil rights and equality. As the party of the people, we strongly oppose restriction of opportunity to Hoosiers based on their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic background. The Indiana Democratic Party opposes amending the Indiana Constitution to define marriage.
While it's a big step forward for the Indiana Democratic Party to oppose the amendment, the party still lags behind steps taken recently by far more conservative states like Montana and Texas. Both states recently added language supporting full marriage equality in the past two weeks. Wisconsin also added language supporting the freedom to marry this week.
In 2008, the Indiana Democratic Party attempted to remove all pro-LGBT language, but a floor resolution by Indiana Stonewall Democrats added it back in without any opposition from delegates.