Freedom to Marry's campaign to add marriage equality to the 2012 national Democratic platform is gaining steam—and supporters! According to Freedom to Marry, 21 Senators (and counting!) including John Kerry, Dianne Feinstein and Al Franken have signed on to support marriage equality. Details follow.
The Senators who've so far pledged to support adding the marriage equality plank to the 2012 Democratic platform include Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tom Harkin (D-IA), John Kerry (D-MA), Carl Levin (D-MI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Patty Murray (D-WA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Udall (D-CO), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Frank Lautenburg (D-NJ).
Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, had this to say about the overwhelming support from these Senators (obviously issued when the count held at 19):
"These 19 senators from across the nation all know firsthand why marriage matters to gay and lesbian couples, their kids, their kin, and our country. Their support for Freedom to Marry's Say I Do campaign shows real momentum among Democrats for what the Democratic Party does at its best—overcome discrimination and barriers and lead the way toward a more perfect union. Freedom to Marry looks forward to working with these Democratic leaders, others joining the call, and those signing our online petition to put the Party and then America squarely on the side of liberty and justice for all."