The Democratic Party platform drafting committee approved on Sunday language endorsing same-sex marriage in addition to other pro-LGBT positions as part of the Democratic Party platform, according to two sources familiar with the drafting process. Retiring gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who sits on the committee, told the Washington Blade on Monday that the 15-member panel unanimously backed the inclusion of a marriage equality plank after a national hearing over the weekend in Minneapolis, in which several witnesses testified in favor of such language. “I was part of a unanimous decision to include it,” Frank said. “There was a unanimous decision in the drafting committee to include it in the platform, which I supported, but everybody was for it.”
Even better, the Democratic Party is also going to officially include its opposition to DOMA and EDNA. There are still a number of procedural hurdles before these planks are submitted at the upcoming convention. Nevertheless, this is a huge deal and hopefully will mean that the Democrats will be placing social issues at the forefront of the campaign.