Delegates shine spotlight on social issues heading into DNC
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CHAPEL HILL--Jake and Ted Gellar-Goad said their relationship may not be recognized by the state of North Carolina but are happy that national Democrats support their marriage.
“With the president coming out, the National Democratic Party will soon officially be on board. They've got the language drafted and it will be up to the delegates at the convention to officially pass it, so I am very excited to be a part of that,” said Jake.
Jake will be sitting in the stands when Democrats convene in Charlotte for their convention, as a member of the delegation and one of many members heading to the Queen City to represent the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
“They've long had their woman's caucus, their African American caucus and now they have an LGBT caucus,” said Jake.
His husband Ted will be there too, not in an official capacity, but taking advantage of a first of it's kind opportunity for the public to watch as the president accepts his nomination on Thursday night.
“It's my first convention in my hometown of Charlotte, I am glad that they are bringing it there,” said Ted.
Democrats, as with Republicans, are expected to push economic issues as their top priority or platform plank heading into the fall.
But liberal leaders say the platform proposal they intend to approve in Charlotte will look a lot different than the one coming out of Tampa.
“So I think the document you are going to see out of the Democratic Party is going to be a lot more positive and opportunistic than the one you are going to see out the Republican Party,” said Walton Robinson.
For Puerto Rico native John Werdejo, he said he is anticipating positive news for immigrants in the Democratic platform.
Immigration reform will be discussed this campaign season and he said he believes the steps the current administration have already taken are a huge step in the right direction.
“The minute the Dream Act was signed by the president, it was a great great feeling because I come from the stand point that it is not fair for someone to come to this country at two years old, who knows nothing about the country back home, to now all of a sudden have to go back home,” said Verdejo.
Verdejo and the thousands of other delegates descending on North Carolina will start to shine in the spotlight on these issues as the party takes to the stage in Charlotte.