One of the most important things that sets the Green Party apart from other political parties in the United States is a consistent and strong support for LGBT rights, including marriage equality. While the Democrats waffle and triangulate, and the Republicans outright pander to homophobia, Green Party activists are getting to work to ensure that all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, are provided with the equal protection under the law that the Constitution guarantees.
A grassroots example of the Green Party’s support for LGBT rights comes from Portland, Maine. Green Party activists there are organizing members to participate in phone banking in coordination with Equality Maine. They’re donating their time, and their cell phone minutes, to rally opposition to an effort to pass a ballot resolution similar to Proposition 8 in California. Maine only recently secured the right to marry for all couples, without discrimination, but right wing activists from across the country are pouring in resources in an effort to undo the progress.
The Indiana Green Party marched in the Indy Pride ’09 parade. The Indiana Green Party supports marriage equality for LGBT couples. Republicans have reintroduced an anti-gay marriage amendment during the special session of the Indiana legislature, though it has little chance of passing since the legislature is focusing on the state’s budget problems.
The Green Party has a Lavender Caucus devoted to LGBT issues and equality. Check out their website at LavenderGreens.US For more on the Indiana Green Party, check out IndianaGreenParty.org.
I was unable to link to these photos here at GPW, so please click the links to see the photos of the goings on in Indiana.
Indiana Greens Pride
Hotel workers march
Ed Coleman, Libertarian for City Council
This was posted on the GPUS National Committee’s Discussion (Affairs) list today:
We have completed our analysis of your platform and the Libertarian party’s platform as they apply to LGBT equality. Here are the details:
Per the platforms, we have rated the Libertarian party as Heartbreaker and the Green party as Pro Equality.
Feel free to post or distribute this information as you feel appropriate.
We will do the same analysis of the Democratic and Republican platforms as soon as they are ratified.
Juan Ahonen-Jover, Ph.D.
The Online Donor Community
for LGBTQ Equality