Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in an interview with The Washington Blade, has opened the door for the party – it holds its convention in Charlotte in 2012 – to assist North Carolina and Minnesota in their upcoming marriage amendment battles.
Wasserman Schultz, also U.S. House member representing a district in Florida, said state party groups are now focusing on defeating amendments banning same-sex marriage and the national Democratic Party would consider sending resources if asked to do so.
“I know that the party in each of those states will be combatting them,” Wasserman Schultz said. “And if they ask for our assistance, like any other state party request, we’ll certainly consider it.”
Wasserman Schultz added the Democratic Party has a lot to accomplish in the 2012 election and said the best way to defeat anti-gay initiatives at the polls will be “by turning out our Democratic voters who generally overwhelmingly oppose initiatives like that.”
North Carolina voters will cast their ballots in May 2012, Minnesotans will do so in November 2012. Last week, the news broke that 17 year olds that will turn 18 in calendar year 2012 will not be able to vote on NC’s amendment.
The ballots 17-year-olds get when they show up to vote the May primary have a big blank spot where the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions appears on the 18-and-older versions.
State law allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the general election to vote in primaries. Since there is no general election for a constitutional amendment, they can’t vote on it. Only voters 18 and older can weigh in on the amendment question.
Show us the money please, DNC – we can defeat this ballot initiative. The polls may be in our favor, but it all comes down to getting all of those people opposed to the amendment in principle out to vote.