Same-sex marriage takes center stage at DNC

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on September 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 6:14 PM

HOUSTON—History will be made at the Democratic National Convention. For the first time, a major party will adopt a platform supporting same-sex marriage.

“To me, it’s like when they inaugurated Mayor Parker,” Ray Hill said.

Hill helped to establish Houston’s GLBT political caucus decades ago. He said the city’s first openly gay mayor marked one milestone and that this marks another.

He said the Democratic Party’s plan will also help President Obama win votes.

“He’s going to get more votes for taking that position than his opposition is going to get for taking the opposite position,” Hill said.

But Republicans disagree.

At their convention last week they reaffirmed that neither states, nor the federal government, should recognize same-sex unions. They believe more Americans agree with them.

Jared Woodfill is Harris County’s GOP chair, and accused Democrats of using the issue as a desperate attempt to distract.

“I think it’s a prescription for disaster, not to face or to talk about the economy,” he said. “That’s what we’re dealing with right now.”

Still, some Houstonians are cautiously optimistic.

Reverend Ernest Turney is the pastor at Bering Memorial United Methodist in Montrose. For nearly ten years, no one has been able to get married there since he says not everyone can get married.

He said he is ready to finally see that changed.

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