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Draft Democratic Platform To Include Marriage Equality

This would have been totally unimaginable only four years ago:

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.



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