Democrats Set To Embrace Gay Marriage In Party Platform

When Democrats rally in Charlotte, NC, next month to officially nominate Barack Obama as their presidential candidate, it is likely they will also make support for gay marriage an official plank of their party platform. 

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), a member of the Democrat platform drafting committee and the first openly gay Congressman, sent an email to supporters on Tuesday that declared, “After a unanimous decision on Sunday, the drafting committee for the Democratic National Convention embraced marriage equality as part of our platform for the 2012 Convention…. Make no mistake: This is a historic step toward fairness for all. Once again, Democrats are fighting to move this country forward.”

Criticizing this move, Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council noted, "Thirty-two out of 32 states where voters have weighed in on the issue have upheld marriage as the union of one man and one woman…. The American people have done so because of their deep appreciation for the unique and irreplaceable benefits that marriage between a man and a woman gives to children and society.”

Voters in North Carolina, the host state of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, most recently upheld marriage this spring.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations

Published: August 3, 2012