Dems approve draft of same-sex marriage plank for convention platform
July 30th, 2012
02:57 PM ET
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Dems approve draft of same-sex marriage plank for convention platform

(CNN) - Democrats meeting in Minneapolis this weekend approved draft language supportive of same-sex marriage as a plank in their party's platform, two Democratic sources confirmed Monday.

The full Democratic platform committee will now consider the same-sex marriage endorsement at a meeting in Detroit, scheduled to take place in two weeks. It will then be voted on by convention delegates in Charlotte. If approved, it would mark the first time support for same-sex marriage is included in the Democrats' platform.

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The specific language of the same-sex marriage endorsement was not immediately available.

In May, President Barack Obama publicly backed same-sex marriage for the first time in an interview with ABC News. Obama said soon after at a campaign fund-raising event that he believes marriage equality "strengthens families."

"I want everyone treated fairly in this country," Obama said. "We have never gone wrong when we've extended rights and responsibilities to everybody," he said, drawing big applause. "That doesn't weaken families, that strengthens families."

News of the same-sex marriage plank at the Democratic Convention was first reported by the Washington Blade.

Marc Solomon, the national campaign director of the pro-same-sex marriage group Freedom to Marry, said in a statement he was "grateful" for the vote of the drafting committee to include the marriage language.

"As I testified to the Committee on Friday, the Democratic Party has a noble history of fighting for the human and civil rights of all Americans," Solomon wrote. "We are proud that the Committee is including language that will ensure the Party is leading the way forward in supporting marriage for loving and committed same-sex couples and their families."

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. California

    Good state to do it in dems. Good luck, you're going to need it. Ha ha

    July 30, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. 99 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    the Democratic Party has a noble history of fighting for the human and civil rights of all Americans
    ======================================================================
    But Democrats opposed the civil rights act in the 1960s! And even Obama didn't support gay marriage until his fund raising was declining and the Hollywood gays were withholding their money. Sure doesn't sound noble to me.

    July 30, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Bill from GA

    The Federal Government should get out of the marriage business. Let churches decide who can marry.

    The Government could issue civil unions for tax and other government matters.

    Separate Church and State.

    July 30, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. ryche

    Way to pander dems... way to pander...

    July 30, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Meanwhile, the conservatives will be bringing their thought police to their convention so that they can fashion a party platform that requires everyone to conform to their reality, their beliefs, and all the freedom that you think they're allowing you. They will allow you to carry a gun provided you allow them to write the laws and tax codes in their own favor.

    July 30, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. rdd

    “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” – April 17, 2008, while running for president, defining marriage at the Saddleback Presidential Forum.

    Anything to try and get a few more votes.

    July 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. incredulous

    Just one more reason why I'll be voting for Democrats this year and will never vote for the GOP again.

    July 30, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "But Democrats opposed the civil rights act in the 1960s"

    Give it a rest. The Southern Dixiecrats immediately went over to the GOP and helped give us the GOP we have today: white, full of spite and none too bright.

    July 30, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Expat American

    Well Done!

    July 30, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Expat American

    But Democrats opposed the civil rights act in the 1960s!
    --
    Those Southern Dixie Dems broke free and are now the GOP Crossburners and Bible Bigots of today.

    July 30, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. California

    Chick-fil-A will be flooded this Wednesday 8/1.

    I support Chick-fil-A 100% as I know the majority of you do.

    July 30, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. lies from obama (and mabye his father)

    Hail to the chief, the flip-flopper in chief...

    July 30, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. 99 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    Sniffit
    "But Democrats opposed the civil rights act in the 1960s"
    Give it a rest.
    =========================================
    Why give the truth a rest? Robert Byrd, the Democrat leader in the Senate, was a high KKK official. The histroy of the Democrat Party was one of racism, NOT civil rights. Talk about re-writing history.

    And Obama opposed gay marriage until he decided he needed their votes and money more than he needed to fulfill his oath of office and enforce DOMA, the law of the land.

    July 30, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. California

    The KKK was in fact founded by Democrats.

    Democrat party, the party of racists.

    July 30, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "I support Chick-fil-A 100% as I know the majority of you do."

    Their food is garbage.

    July 30, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. demwit

    Let them marry.., welcome to the club. And just so you know, fantasy is always better than reality.

    July 30, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. 1andthegun

    What rights are gay people not getting? A civil union is the same thing as marrige, just a different name. No one is making laws that say it is illeagal to be gay. It's phooey, I tell ya...

    July 30, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. 99 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    California
    Chick-fil-A will be flooded this Wednesday 8/1.
    I support Chick-fil-A 100% as I know the majority of you do
    ==========================================
    Goin' for lunch on Wednesday to support them! My first Chick-fil-a sandwich!!

    July 30, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -99 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    the Democratic Party has a noble history of fighting for the human and civil rights of all Americans
    ======================================================================
    But Democrats opposed the civil rights act in the 1960s! And even Obama didn't support gay marriage until his fund raising was declining and the Hollywood gays were withholding their money. Sure doesn't sound noble to me.
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    A little history lesson: the Southern, conservative Democrats that opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 have formed the base of your party. The GOP of 1964 supported Civil Rights, they supported spending money on infrastructure and education, they formed the EPA in the 70's. They abandoned everything they created as the party adopted the Southern Strategy and gradually embraced the ideas of the fringe of their party: in other words, goals without means. The comment you make about Hollywood is ludicrus. Biden forced the issue, but its a viewpoint Obama had been moving towards for a long time. We shed our past and more forward, you embrace it and keep looking backwards..

    July 30, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. California

    Sniffit – You OBVIOUSLY do not know what you're talking about. Proof is your post.

    July 30, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. AnnsTheMan!

    @BillFromGA – what if I don't belong to a church? Why should an organization I may or may not support be the choice of my Gov't given rights? I'd say "God Given" but according to them, it isn't a right, it's an abomination...

    July 30, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. v_mag

    I read that George W. Bush will not be at the Repugnant Convention, but that is not true. He will be there under the alias of Willard Mitt Romney.

    July 30, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. California

    If you're going to allow one or two types of people to marry allow them all including polygamists or are all you pro-gay marriage people bigots and hypocrites according to your own stance?

    July 30, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Maggiemae

    Way to go dems. Makes me proud to b one of u! Can't believe someone said to let churches decide who is allowed to marry. If that were the case, then a lot of mixed race couples would not be able to marry. And what about the black couple whose church wouldn't allow them to b married in their own church? Is that how we want our right to b married decided?

    July 30, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    -California

    The KKK was in fact founded by Democrats.

    Democrat party, the party of racists.

    *********************************
    Please prove that's what we are now. The GOP can keep singing that song til the cows come home, and it won't budge a significant portion of blacks, hispanics, gays, women, or any other group the GOP chooses to attack. We have come to terms with our past, but its a pity the GOP now chooses to take such a limp, flaccid stance on issues and tries to rewrite history a la Stalin to suit themselves.

    July 30, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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