From the Jill Stein Campaign:
Green presidential candidate Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala paused in their campaigning today to acknowledge National Coming Out Day, an internationally-recognized celebration honoring those who publicly acknowledge their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Today we celebrate the diversity of our people and our commitment to stand in solidarity with people of all sexual orientations and gender identities who have added so much to the life of our nation,” said Dr. Stein. “We encourage everyone to stand with the members of our LGBTQ community as they ask for the fairness and respect that they deserve, but which is not yet fully granted.”
Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala said that President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage was a positive step forward, but sharply disagreed with his statement that legalization should be left to individual states.
“Human rights are universal. We support national recognition of same-sex marriage rights, without which true equality does not exist. There is no more basic right than the right to choose whom we love and whom we call family, without the state declaring that one kind of family is more legitimate than another,” said Cheri Honkala. Continue Reading
This article from the Times-Herald Record talks with Green Party Mayor Jason West about President Obama’s sudden verbal support for gay marriage. Jason West brought national attention to the question of gay marriage in 2004 when he chose to conduct same-sex marriages as Mayor despite state law that prevented it. West was eventually charged with 19 misdemeanor counts of “solemnizing marriages without a license”, but the charges were later dropped.
In regards to Obama’s recent statements about same-sex marriages, West praised Obama’s words, but recognizes them as only words for now:
“I’m happy the president finally joined the 21st century and has recognized the civil rights of these Americans. But until he starts pushing for a federal law, the various Gay-Straight Alliances in any high school in the country are doing more to advance the cause than he is. They’re the ones in the front lines,” West said.
(Thanks to Craig S for the story tip)
Just in case you were wondering.
And the McKinney/Clemente Green Party position?
McKinney supports same-sex marriage, as well as anti-discrimination laws for sexual orientation.
And yes, the Green Party has long held that marriage should be open to gay and lesbian couples.
For more, visit the Lavender Greens website.