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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  1. The Real Tom Paine


    Hey heres an Ideal work on the economy, I dont care if Gays marry- go for it- youll end divorced also. Right now you have it made but go for it. Its old the sideshows Oblunder is doing to take away from what he has done NOTHING BUT, SOLODYNE HOLDER, THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS FINE, YOU DIDNT BUILD WAKE UP AMERICA THE ANTI CHRIST IS HERE
    I like to fire people, hey, I'm unemployed too, cheesy grits, y'all, the poor are doing fine because there is a safety net for them, the trees are taller in MI...shall I go on? The GOP has a modern day Jeff Davis: a man " cold as a snake and as ambitious as Lucifer".

    July 30, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    I still like the late George Carlin line "I'm in favor of gay marriage. I think that gays should have the right to be just as miserable as straight people."

    And for the far right, have you noticed that the military has not imploded, senior personnel are not quitting in droves, and neither readiness nor morale have collapsed after repeal of DADT? The various states that have legal gay marriage have not descended into anarchy, and we have not seen the second comings of either Christ or Elvis. The fact, based on the evidence, is that gay marriage is beneficial to both the individuals and society.

    July 30, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. 99 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    The Real Tom Paine - GOP now chooses to take such a limp, flaccid stance on issues and tries to rewrite history
    But it is the DEMOCRATS that are now trying to rewrite history. Their past is NOT one of noble support for civil rights. They are lying and rewriting history with that statement. Obama and Democrats have NOT supported gay marriage, but only when it was politically convenient.

    Admit and embrace our racist, bigoted history Democrats. Why are you lying and running away from it?

    July 30, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Charlie from the North

    Here we are on the right side of history again. What I don't get is why conservatives would be against this. Who one decides to marry and when is one of the most personal rights ever. They are ones going on and on about the "gummint takin rights away" and yet they would deny loving couples a chance to get married. What gives?

    July 30, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. momzna

    Apparently, articles about Mitt Romney are published with pre-configured comments and are closed for discussion. Since most of the CNN stuff "comment submitters" seem to be rabidly anti-Romney, here is my small voice in support of the guy.

    While visiting Israel, Mitt Romney pointed out one simple and profoundly powerful fact: Israel's GDP being much higher than that of Palestine's basically means that the former is a better country and society than the latter. Tony Blair once explained in a single sentence why USA is a good country: "People vote with their feet.". So far liberal propaganda produced nothing of substance that could compete with Romney's clear and sensible statements.

    It is remarkable that people hate the words of reason and prefer to listen to empty populist rhetorics. Well, I guess that's how Hugo Chavez gets elected...

    July 30, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. BROOM

    The article refers to "occupied Palestinian territory." This is a misnomer. The land of the West Bank is Israeli territory currently occupied by Palestinians. The Palestinians have no legitimate legal claim to this area other than squatters' rights. The prior occupiers, the country of Jordan, abrogated its claim to this land in 1988. The prior "owners" were the Western Powers after defeating the Ottoman Empire in WW1. There has never been a time that Palestinians had any ownership or recognized deed to this area. The original owner was Israel, before being defeated by the Roman Empire in 135 CE. So, why would CNN refer to it as "occupied Palestinian territory?"

    July 30, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. The Shepard

    Democrats – this party is looking more and more evil to me. Good luck come November.

    July 30, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Charlie from the North

    Oh and to the previous comment we do have a racist past. Lincoln was a Republican and Democrats were on the wrong side of history then. But I feel we redeemed ourselves with the "Voting Rights Act of 1960" and we paid dearly for it. We lost the White House for a generation. The Presidency of Barack Obama is our reward for sticking with the unpopular voting rights act and with civil rights. Consider that when President Obama was born IN HAWAII, his parents marriage (black and white) was not even legal in several states (thank God for Blue Hawaii) and it was Richard Nixon's (southern strategy) that put the GOP on the wrong side of civil rights, and W's dad held up the tradition with his "Willie Horton" crap.

    July 30, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |

    99 days until Obama is thrown out ! Please it was democrats that passed the Civil Rights bill ! if your talking about dixiecrats < well all southerners grew up with racism in those times. Democrats and Republicans ! GOP is where the bigots lay today ! sorry but its the truth

    July 30, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |

    California – Your Nazi (democrat) party is intollerant of anyone with a difference of opinion. You people hate for the sake of hating. It what you are. Nobody expects to change you. We accept you for what you are, pathetic parasitic trolls.
    California – retorts like this make us realize jsut how far gone are the Republikrat/Teapugs. Look in the mirror pls.

    July 30, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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