By Faye Gaston
For the next weeks before the United States General Election on November 3, 2020, the Union Springs Herald newspaper will publish a "nonpartisan party platform summary" for the Democrat Party and the Republican Party for comparison on several issues.
These are direct quotes from the two-party platforms.
LIFE AND ABORTION: Democrat Platform, "... every woman should have access to... safe and legal abortion. We will repeal the Title X domestic gag rule and restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood. We will repeal the Hyde Amendment and protect and codify the right to reproductive freedom."
Republican Platform, "'all' are 'endowed by their Creator' with the inalienable right to life ... we assert the sanctity of human life and ... that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution..."
MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY: Democrat Platform, "Democrats applaud this year's U.S. Supreme Court decision that made clear that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity violates the law. We will ensure that all transgender and non-binary people can procure official government identification documents that accurately reflect their gender identity."
Republican Platform, " ... the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman. [We oppose the imposition of} a social and cultural revolution upon the American people by wrongly redefining sex discrimination ... reshaping ... our entire society --- to fit the mold of an ideology alien to America's history and traditions."
The following weeks the Herald will quote summaries for five more categories. You are encouraged to do independent research. Sources are: democrats.org/where-we-stand/party-platform and gop.com/platform.
Also, the Herald will publish the names of candidates in categories for national, state and county officials.
The ballot will contain six state-wide amendments to the Alabama Constitution and one Bullock County referendum.