Democrats' Platform to Include Gay Marriage

It was unanimously included, Barney Frank says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2012 1:27 PM CDT
Barney Frank and Jim Ready pose at their wedding reception Saturday July 7, 2012.   (AP Photo/Fotique, Jaime E. Connolly)

(Newser) – The committee drafting the Democratic Party's official platform has, for the first time, included support for same-sex marriage on it. All 15 members of the committee voted unanimously to include the section, Rep. Barney Frank tells the Washington Blade. "Everybody was for it," he said, tracing support for the policy to President Obama's endorsement in May.

The draft language supports same-sex marriage, rejects the Defense of Marriage Act, and hints at support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a committee staffer said. But the draft hasn't been finalized yet, and will go through an amendment process before eventually being presented at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. (Read more party platform stories.)

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