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Democrat Party moves to formally back 'gay marriage'

By Julie Pace

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic Party is moving to include support for gay marriage in the official party platform for the first time, a Democratic official said Monday, marking a key milestone for advocates of same-sex unions.

The party's platform drafting committee voted to include language backing gay marriage during a weekend meeting in Minneapolis, the official said. Democratic delegates will formally approve the platform during the party convention in Charlotte, N.C. in early September.

President Barack Obama will officially accept his party's nomination at the convention, which marks the start of the fall campaign blitz. Republican rival Mitt Romney will get the GOP nomination a week earlier during his party's convention in Tampa, Fla.

Seeking to ramp up enthusiasm among Democrats, party officials said Sunday that former President Bill Clinton will deliver the nominating speech on Wednesday night of the convention. Obama and Biden are to speak on Thursday, the convention's final night.

Several prominent Democrats began pushing earlier this year for support of same-sex marriage to be included in the convention platform, which lists principles the party supports. The effort got a boost in May when Obama voiced his personal support for same-sex unions.

The Democratic official would not comment on the exact language of the pro-gay marriage plank approved by the drafting committee. It was unclear if the party would call for any national action to legalize gay marriage.

Obama has said he considers gay marriage to be a state issue, not a federal matter.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publically about the platform committee's decision.

Gay rights advocates hailed the decision as a significant step forward.

"I believe that one day very soon the platforms of both major parties will include similar language," said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. "There is no more American value than honoring and protecting one's family."

The National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex unions, said the decision sets up marriage as a defining issue in the presidential election.

"We will rally supporters of traditional marriage to make sure they realize that the outcome of the presidential election may determine the future of marriage in our country," said Brian Brown, the organization's president.

The Democratic platform committee's move was first reported by The Washington Blade.

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  1. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    July 31, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

    Simply brilliant on the part of the democrats! Insert an issue into your party’s presidential platform that’s been defeated by the voters every time that they were given a chance to vote on it, and in some cases the vote was totally lopsided against it. And even if the voters did vote to legalize “gay marriage”; that will not make natural that which is unnatural.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      July 31, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

      We will be one step closer to becoming the new Sodom and Gomorrah.

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  2. Comment by Anonymous
    July 31, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    Yes, the new Sodom and Gomorrah, remember how God dealt with that?
    These so called Gay’s with their equal rights whining will receive their just reward from the source of the highest power.
    I do believe they have equal rights, in the effect of all the mental medical help they can obtain for their twisted views and actions. Their greatest harm is their influence on our youth, who have not had sufficient time to learn the laws of God, assuming what they hear and see is a correct moral lifestyle, because it is tolerated by government. To the Democrat Party who approves this atrocity beware, God will not be mocked, as he has said. His instructions from creation were marriage/union is between a man/male whom he created last of all he created, then he from man created woman/female for him. As he did the animals before man with a perfect mate. The animals are the more intelligent of all species, you will not find this sickness among them..

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    • sonokeeComment by sonokee
      July 31, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

      It was not my intention to be Anonymous, in the post above, I simply was not familair with the system. I am Dr. Elizabeth Garrity in the service of Yahweh.
      I have no qualms in my idenity or beliefs.

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