A Washington, D.C., pastor hired by the Democratic National Committee to head the party’s faith outreach program says that while he is a strong supporter of LGBT equality, including civil unions for same-sex couples, he is not yet a supporter of marriage equality. Critics say the choice of the Rev. Derrick Harkins suggests the party is "tone-deaf" on the issue. "The Democratic Party should be speaking out forcefully and forthrightly in support of the dignity and equality of all Americans and equal protection under the law, which includes the freedom to marry," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry.
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