Howard Dean on the New York Court of Appeals Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Ed. Here’s an example of why the Democrats are in trouble. Dean doesn’t like the New York ruling. Fair enough. But then he calls those who have a principled stand against homosexual marriage “bigoted.” Americans sense arrogance here, and they are right. You would think that with so many Americans opposing gay marriage, he would speak more judiciously. Jul 06 10:05

WASHINGTON, July 6 /U.S. Newswire/ — Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean today issued the following statement in response to the decision by the New York Court of Appeals that the state constitution does not guarantee the right to marriage for same-sex couples, but that the state legislature could provide this:

“As Democrats, we believe that every American has a right to equal protection under the law and to live in dignity. And we must respect the right of every family to live in dignity with equal rights, responsibilities and protections under the law. Today’s decision by the New York Court of Appeals, which relies on outdated and bigoted notions about families, is deeply disappointing, but it does not end the effort to achieve this goal.

“As that essential process moves forward, it is up to the State legislature to act to protect the equal rights of every New Yorker and for the debate on how to ensure those rights to proceed without the rancor and divisiveness that too often surrounds this issue.”

To: National Desk
Contact: Damien LaVera of the Democratic National Committee, 202-863-8148