VIRGINIA YOUNG DEMOCRATS PASS RESOLUTION BACKING MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Richmond, Virginia– May 22, 2012 – News Release – In a resolution passed by the Executive Committee, the Virginia Young Democrats (VAYD) has taken a stand for marriage equality in Virginia and the U.S.
The resolution affirms that “marriage is a powerful and important affirmation of love and commitment, a source of social support and recognition, and the legal protections which are invaluable to the safety and security of every family.”
The resolution commends the leadership of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in publically supporting marriage equality. President Obama and Vice President Biden’s position has created a windfall of support amongst public figures for marriage equality.
"Taking a stand for marriage equality is the right course of action following the lead of our President and Vice President," said Isaac Sarver, President of VAYD. "We should not live in a country or Commonwealth that discriminates against someone or limits their rights because of who they are."
VAYD supports the Respect for Marriage Act which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and opposes discriminatory legislation like the 2006 Newman-Marshall Act.
“The organization is supporting the movement to add this position on marriage equality as a plank of the Virginia Democratic Platform for 2012 and moving forward,” said Charles Bright, chairman of the VAYD Lambda Caucus. “It’s the right thing to do.”
In 2010, VAYD passed three resolutions in support of its LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) members and general principles of non-discrimination. One resolution called for the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which President Obama was repealed under his tenure. A second resolution asked the General Assembly to expand the list of protected category for human rights to include sexual orientation and gender identity; this has yet to happen. Additionally, VAYD passed a resolution supporting a federal non-discrimination hiring policies, including the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which has yet to pass Congress.
Recently, the LGBT community has come under attack in the Commonwealth of Virginia with the attacks on Richmond’s frontline criminal prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland’s nomination for Richmond General District Court. VAYD has responded with a letter to the editor published in the Roanoke Times on May 20th, 2012 entitled: “Marshall is Unfit to be a U.S. Senator” condemning Prince William County Delegate Bob Marshall’s leadership on defeating Thorne-Begland’s nomination.
The Virginia Young Democrats is a membership organization representing young people under the age of 35 who identify as Democrats or support the tenets of the Democratic Party and reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia Young Democrats furthers the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party, thereby improving our society through peaceful reform and effective government that serves those in need.
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