Following President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s public announcement on same-sex marriage, The Virginia Young Democrats (VAYD) have stated their resolution on this issue.
Their statement supported the Respect For Marriage Act repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which naturally opposes discriminatory pieces of legislation, similar to the 2006 Newman-Marshall Act.
The president of VAYD stated that the citizens of the United States, specifically the Commonwealth, should not reside in a country that supports discriminatory policies against their people or forbids them of their rights, due to their identity. Their resolution stresses that “marriage is a powerful and important affirmation of love and commitment, a source of social support and recognition, and the legal protections which are invaluable to the safety and security of every family.”
VAYD announced their support for marriage equality, in order to set their 2012 Virginia Democratic Platform.
Over the years, VAYD has passed three resolutions- the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal; the second resolution seeks to expand the category of human rights to protect sexual orientation and gender identity, which has yet to happen; the organization passed a final resolution, that is yet to be passed in congress, but supports federal non-discrimination hiring policies, which includes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (EDNA), and legislation alike.
The organization serves democrats and supporters of Democratic policies, who reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia and are younger than the age of 35. The organization seeks to uphold the ideals of the Democratic Party, through peaceful reform and supports effective government that serves individuals in need.
Rachel Williams is a rising senior at Virginia Commonwealth University with a calling to be a voice to the voiceless; and passion is to bring gender equality and ethnic justice to the forefront of RVA.