Georgia Democrats were unanimous in their support of a marriage equality plank in the party’s 2012 platform.
The vote — which calls for “equal treatment under the law for same-sex couples” — came as part of this week’s Democratic National Committee convention in Charlotte, N.C. and contrasts to support for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage that came out of the GOP convention a week ago.
The Georgia delegation voted unanimously by acclamation.
“This unified vote signals one thing,” said state party Chairman Mike Berlon, a lawyer from Loganville. “Georgia is ready to treat people as equals. No longer do we believe that the government should prevent you from loving someone.”
GOP preparing for push
By the time the week is out, Gwinnett’s Republican Party will kick off a big grassroots effort to defeat President Barack Obama in November’s election.
The “Gwinnett GOP Romney/Ryan Caravan” will begin with Saturday’s monthly breakfast rally, where state party Chairwoman Sue Everhart will speak at 8:30 a.m. at 550 Trackside in Lawrenceville.
Then volunteers will go out and begin knocking on doors.
For the next two months, the party plans to work phone banks, hand out fliers at football games and festivals, including the upcoming county fair, place yard signs throughout Gwinnett and campaign for Republicans from the top to the bottom of the ticket.
The canvasing will begin in House District 96, where Mark Williams is challenging Democratic incumbent Rep. Pedro Marin. According to a press release, future efforts will focus on House District 81 for candidate Chris Boedeker, and House District 105 for Joyce Chandler, as well as incumbent Reps. Valerie Clark and Tom Rice, and GOP congressional and school board candidates.
“Our side has the enthusiasm this year to elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and we plan to use that momentum to ensure that every person in Gwinnett County knows that they belong in the party of limited government, free enterprise and individual liberty,” said Bruce LeVell, chairman of the Gwinnett Republican Party. “We have a fantastic opportunity not only to help keep Georgia in the GOP column for Romney, but also to defeat two Democrat incumbents in the State House and elect a Republican to an open seat. There is not a single cul-de-sac in this county that the GOP will leave untouched, because as long as someone is breathing, they have no reason not to be a Republican.”
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