MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is in Los Angeles doing publicity for her new book Drift. (Read the New York Times review here and see her on “Jay Leno” below) During her show Tuesday night, April 10, Rachael interviewed LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who notes that he’s been supportive of marriage equality since 1994. His cousin is the current openly gay Assembly Speaker John A. Perez.
About 2:00 into the 8:00 interview, Rachel asks about the controversy over putting a marriage equality plank in the Democratic Party Platform. Villaraigosa is the chair of the convention and is careful with the words he chooses. It is therefore interesting to see him “take back” and flip the terms “family values” and “fundamental liberty” that antigay Republicans have used against us for many years.
“I believe it should be part of the platform but there’s going to be a process,” Villaraigosa says, for determining what goes in. “I hope that plank is in there because I think it goes to the heart of who we are. We’re for family values.”
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