Democratic Platform Writers Propose Support for Same-Sex Marriage

The first major political party platform to endorse same-sex marriage cleared the Democratic National Convention’s platform committee today in Detroit.

The platform committee unanimously voted to approve the document and send it to the convention delegates meeting in Charlotte next month for ratification.

“We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples,” the platform plank says.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the platform committee’s co-chairman, called the plank “very significant” though said it wouldn’t have a major impact on the election. “It may repel some, it may attract others,” he told reporters. “This campaign is not going to turn on gay marriage.”

Obama lent his own personal endorsement to same-sex marriage earlier this year.

The document also makes reference to the DREAM Act, legislation to allow the children of undocumented immigrants to become legal U.S. residents if they attend college or serve in the military. President Barack Obama said June 15 that the government would stop deporting undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before age 16, have been in the country for at least five years, have no criminal record and are in school or have a high school diploma or equivalent.

“These are not permanent fixes,” the platform says. “But these are steps in the right direction.”

Senate Democratic candidates Richard Carmona in Arizona, Shelley Berkley in Nevada and Martin Heinrich in New Mexico all urged that the DREAM Act should be part of the platform.

Echoing congressional Democrats, the party platform also calls for legislation requiring all groups running political ads to disclose their donors. A pro-Obama committee, Priorities USA, keeps its contributors hidden, as do groups supporting Republicans such as Crossroads GPS and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

 

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