August 29, 2012
Calling its platform “offensive”, California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement today in response to the Republican Party platform approved this week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
“The Republican Party has adopted a platform that is not only counter to American prosperity, but it is counter to the ideals of our nation. They are wrong on issues of tax fairness, marriage equality, voter suppression, gun control, abortion rights, the environment, immigration, health care, and education.
“It is offensive to allow the rich to get richer while the poor get poorer; to deny individuals the right to marry; to prevent women from having control of their own bodies; to enact laws to suppress the votes of young people and the disadvantaged; to oppose the assault weapon ban; to degrade our environment by drilling off our coast and in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge; to preclude schools from offering family planning education, and to refuse a reasonable path to citizenship.
“I look forward to next week when the Democratic Party will adopt a platform that helps uplift our society and respects our diversity, as opposed to one that is backwards and, regressive.”