To:       Mass Dems Platform Committee

From:  Jesse Gordon, 1770 Mass Ave., #630, Cambridge MA 02140

            (617) 320-6989


            March 8, 2005



I’m testifying today in support of maintaining and strengthening the support of same sex marriage in the party platform. In particular, the “1913 law” loophole that prevents same-sex couples from out-of-state from enjoying marriage ceremonies in Massachusetts should be repealed, and the party platform should clearly state that the party’s preference is to abolish that outdated law.


The current party platform is strongly supportive of same-sex marital rights – saying in the Domestic Partnership section in Part I :

We oppose actions that would define marriage solely as a relationship between a man and a woman, and that would ban the recognition of any other relationship as marriage or its legal equivalent.


We oppose efforts that would ban the provision of any benefits to gay and lesbian families that are now granted exclusively to married couples under Massachusetts law.


That language should be maintained. In addition, the platform should state:


“The Democratic Party seeks the removal of outdated restrictions that prevent out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying in Massachusetts.”


I would support any strengthening of the platform planks on same-sex marriage that anyone else proposes, in addition to the plank proposed above.