Social Policy & Politics Program | Memo

Talking about Marriage in the Democratic Platform

by Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

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This year, for the first time in history, the Democratic Party Platform will include language supporting marriage for gay couples, and policymakers across the party will undoubtedly be asked about their views of that plank. Based on our extensive research of how moderate Americans and others in the middle view this issue, we believe that there is a way to reach them on marriage. But for policymakers who are not yet ready to support marriage publicly, we also believe there are important lessons to heed from our research.

This memo provides two sets of advice on marriage for gay couples—the first for those who would like to publicly support marriage, and the second for those who are not yet ready to do so.

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