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05/11/2006

Dean goes on 'Club' of '700'; clubs support of marriage for millions

by Jeremy Hooper

   During an appearance yesterday on "700 Club" program, Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean (pic.) told host Pat Robertson:

"The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says marriage is between a man and a woman. That's what it says. I think where we may take exception with some religious leaders is that we believe in inclusion, that everybody deserves to live with dignity and respect, and that equal rights under the law are important."

However, the actual party platform from '04 reads:

"We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families. In our country, marriage has been defined at the state level for 200 years, and we believe it should continue to be defined there. We repudiate President Bush's divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a 'Federal Marriage Amendment.' Our goal is to bring Americans together, not drive them apart."

So why the revisionism in Dean's comments to Robertson? Five words: WHO THE F*** KNOWS ANYMORE!?

Though don't worry, gays; we hear the White Party still fully has our back.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force slams Howard Dean, Returns $5,000 gift from DNC [P1Q]
Dean slams gay marriage on '700 Club' [Sovo]
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force denounces DNC Chair Howard Dean's misrepresentation of party platform [NGLTF Release]
GOVERNOR DEAN’S COMMENTS REFLECT SERIOUS LACK OF LEADERSHIP [HRC]

***UPDATE: Dean responds:

"I misstated the Democratic Party's platform, which does not say that marriage should be limited to a man and a woman, but says the Party is committed to full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and leaves the issue to the states to decide. The Democratic Party remains committed to equal protection under the law for all Americans. How we achieve that goal continues to be the subject of a contentious debate, but our Party continues to oppose constitutional amendments that seek to short circuit the debate on how to achieve equality for all Americans."

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