Wed September 5, 2012
Marriage equality included in democratic platform
Two Western New Yorkers are attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte representing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community. WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley says for the party has added Same Sex Marriage to its platform.
Jamestown City Council president Gregory Rabb is serving as a delegate. But Rabb -- who is an openly gay member of the community -- is also taking part in the LGBT caucus at the DNC.
"There are 6,000 delegates and about close to 600 are Lesbian, Gay or Transgender. So it is an historic moment," said Rabb.
Rabb was very active for years in pushing for the same sex marriage law here in New York State.
Rabb said he's excited to share the story with others attending the convention.
"We are the largest state in the union that has finally voted to bring about marriage equality, and I think those of use who were active on the issue for so long, is the story of how we finally got it done," said Rabb.
As the democrats look to President Obama, who wants to move ahead with Marriage Equality, last week republicans nominated two leaders clearly opposed to it.
Republicans support a platform to ban gay marriage.
"Because right now, there are people who take issue with our lives, our lifestyles, our choices, our families, said Kitty Lambert of OutSpoken Buffalo.
Lambert was the first to marry last year under the states Same Sex marriage law. She is also in Charlotte for the convention. Back in May President Obama said he believed gay couples should be allowed to get married
"Discrimination against one person is discrimination against everybody," said Lambert.
Republicans will continue to campaign against the issue.