Gay Democrats Respond to 'Morality' Statements of Senators Clinton and Obama

Democrats Must Be Clear in Speaking of Morality and American Families

Mar 15, 2007, 01:00 ET from National Stonewall Democrats

    WASHINGTON, March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National
 Stonewall Democrats issued the following statement in response to remarks
 made by Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL) when each
 was asked to clarify if a same-sex sexual orientation made someone immoral.
 Both Senators have refused to answer the question which followed comments
 made by Marine General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
 to the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune in which he called American
 service personnel immoral:
     "Most Democrats understand, and should understand, that morality isn't
 derived from sexual orientation or gender identity. Morality is how you
 treat your neighbor, support your community and sacrifice for your family
 and country. When I tuck my daughter into bed at night, those are the
 values I teach her. We expect Democratic candidates and elected officials
 to reaffirm those same values, to speak up when families or individuals are
 scapegoated or maligned for political gain, and to proactively argue the
 benefits of treating all Americans equally under the law without regard to
 their sexual orientation or gender identity.
     "Morality is also embodied in action. Our Democratic presidential
 candidates support employment non-discrimination legislation, the extension
 of health care benefits to our families, and oppose constitutional
 amendments that attack lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for
 political gain. Those are moral actions and positions that each candidate
 should be proud to campaign on.
     "National Stonewall Democrats looks forward to further working with our
 Democratic candidates so that, in the future, they can speak with moral
 clarity and continue to positively partner with our community."
     -- Jo Wyrick, Executive Director, National Stonewall Democrats
     In comments reported this week by the Chicago Tribune, General Peter
 Pace unfavorably compared homosexuality to adultery, saying he believed
 both were immoral. "I do not believe the United States is well served by a
 policy that says it is okay to be immoral in any way," Pace said. ""I
 believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we
 should not condone immoral acts."
     Senators Clinton and Obama were each asked, in response to the comments
 made by General Pace, if sexual orientation was an immoral trait. Each
 Senator, so far, has declined to answer the question.
     Congressman Marty Meehan (D-MA) has recently introduced the Military
 Readiness Enhancement Actthat would revoke the current policy on gay
 personnel. The removal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" policy is
 supported by leading Democrats and is the official position of the
 Democratic Party as espoused in the 2004 platform of the Democratic
 National Convention.
     National Stonewall Democrats is the only national organization of gay,
 lesbian, bisexual and transgender Democrats, with more than 90 local
 chapters across the nation. NSD is committed to working through the
 Democratic Party to advance the rights of all people regardless of sexual
 orientation or gender identity.

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