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Honorable Cory Booker Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy Co-Chairs, Democratic National Convention Platform Committee Honorable Matthew Lesser Ms. Michelle Gilman Connecticut Delegates, Democratic National Convention Platform Committee
Members of the Connecticut Delegation to the Democratic National Convention August 30, 2012
Dear Mayor Booker, Lt. Gen. Kennedy, Rep. Lesser, and Ms. Gilman, We, the undersigned, affirm our strong support for the action taken by the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee to include a provision in support of marriage equality in the 2012 Democratic Party Platform. For nearly four years our state has recognized same-sex marriage. We are proud to have led the nation in promoting marriage equality and ending discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and we applaud other states for achieving progress on the issue. We are proud that the Democratic Party is prepared to unequivocally and officially support marriage equality, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. This is an historic step on the journey towards national recognition of marriage equality and full equality for LGBT Americans. To that end, we support the inclusion of language that rejects state laws or constitutional amendments that would infringe on the right to marry. Our party maintains a history of standing for the civil rights of all Americans regardless of sex, race, or sexual orientation, and we encourage all delegates to join us in upholding and extending this tradition at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC next month. Sincerely, Hon. Kevin Lembo Hon. Denise W. Merrill Hon. Rosa DeLauro Hon. Donald E. Williams, Jr. Hon. Pedro E. Segarra Hon. Daniel T. Drew
Mr. Ernest Hewett Mr. Jose Melara Ms. Moh Sharma Ms. Shannon Wegele Mr. Matt Salner Ms. Beverley Ann Brakeman Mr. Kevin Chick Mr. Christopher Pitts Ms. Donna Becotte Mrs. Dorothy A. Mrowka Mr. Philip A. Wheeler Ms. Fran Eddings Ms. Shiela S. Hayes Ms. P. Martha Carlson Ms. Nia Holston Ms. Tessa Marquis Ms. Lori Pelletier Mr. Walter M. Spader, Jr. Ms. Martha Aasen Ms. Susan P. Barrett Mr. Thomas C. Dec Mr. Steven Elbaum Ms. Donna King Mr. Thomas C. McCarthy Mr. Peter Thor Ms. Susan D. Cocco Ms. Mildred Torres-Ferguson Ms. Audrey Blondin Mr. Riju Das Ms. Michelle James Ms. Julie L. Kushner Mr. Stephen Ferrucci Ms. Yvette Larrieu Ms. Hershellar Merritt Ms. Barbara A. Reynolds Ms. Marilyn Cohen Ms. Susan Moch Mr. Vinh Cam Mr. Theodore Feng