Texas Democratic Party leaders again refuse to put same-sex marriage on primary ballot

Daniel Graney

As David Taffet mentioned the other day, Freedom to Marry is pushing for the Democratic National Committee to add a pro-marriage equality plank to its platform — and prominent members like former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have signed on to the effort. Meanwhile, here in Texas, state Democratic Party leaders are apparently afraid to even ask primary voters whether they support marriage equality.

Back in November we reported that the State Democratic Executive Committee had voted 33-22 against placing a non-binding resolution on the primary ballot calling for same-sex couples to receive “equal access to civil marriage and all its benefits,” and stating that “all state and federal laws denying such access should be repealed.”At the time we noted that two openly gay SDEC members from Tarrant County had actually voted against the proposal.

Now, the president of the state Democratic Party’s LGBT caucus reports that the proposal resurfaced at an SDEC meeting on Feb. 11 — only to be shot down again, apparently by an even wider margin. Daniel Graney, president of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus, writes at QSanAntonio:

This time the “no” vote came on a procedural matter. Garry Brown, an SDEC member from Austin, made a motion to bring back the marriage equality resolution for reconsideration in general session. State Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie ruled Brown’s motion out of order “because this was already voted on at the last SDEC meeting and was defeated.”

Brown appealed Chairman Richie’s ruling. A voice vote was taken on the appeal. The outcome of the voice vote was unclear and a division of the house was called. Only 16 members stood in support of the appeal and more than 40 stood in support of the Chairman’s ruling.

“I am very disappointed in the leadership of the Texas Democratic Party,” said Daniel Graney, President of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus.

“Many of these SDEC officials privately tell LGBT Democrats that they are with us on marriage equality and yet, they vote against us in public. Some of these officials who voted against us are LGBT, which makes this even more disgusting. The SDEC is clearly on the wrong side of history here.”

—  John Wright

Dallas Co. Democratic leaders call on Dan Ramos to resign for comparing gays to termites, Nazis

Dan Ramos

The other day we told you about Bexar County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Ramos’ recent comments, in which he called gays “termites” and compared the Stonewall Democrats to “the fuckin’ Nazi Party.”

Today, Dallas County Democratic Party leaders joined the growing list of groups that have released statements condemning Ramos’ remarks and calling for him to resign. Here’s what they said:

“As the leaders of the Dallas County Democratic Party, we join [State Party] Chairman [Boyd] Richie in calling upon Dan Ramos to resign as Chair of the Bexar County Democrats. His hateful, bigoted comments have no place in the Democratic Party. We are a party of inclusiveness that supports and promotes equality, diversity, and tolerance. The comments of Mr. Ramos are not reflective of our party’s philosophy and we condemn and disavow the comments and the opinions he expressed. Mr. Ramos has proven he does not support nor represent our party’s ideals and therefore we call upon Mr. Ramos to resign. Bexar County deserves a true Democrat as the county chair.”

J. Darlene Ewing, Chair
David Bradley, SDEC Senate District 16
Susan Culp Bradley, SDEC Senate District 9
Theresa Daniel, SDEC Senate District 16
David Griggs, SDEC Senate District 8
Ken Molberg, Former County Chair, SDEC Senate District 23
Steve A. Tillery, SDEC Senate District 2

UPDATE: Ramos is ignnoring the calls for his resignation, according to the San Antonio Express-News, and he isn’t backing away from his hateful comments. Ramos claims his critics have skeletons in their closet that will be exposed in the upcoming embezzlement trial of Dwayne Adams, the Bexar County Democratic Party’s former treasurer. “Seems like those with skeletons in their closet are the ones screaming the loudest,” Ramos said in an e-mail to the newspaper. “Come check out the criminal trial of Dwayne Adams … We may get to see who the real criminals are.”


—  John Wright