Democrats appear ready to tackle same-sex marriage. As part of their party platform, Democrats have decided to include same-sex marriage. This announcement supported President Obama’s ‘evolution’ on same-sex marriage. With the election drawing closer, both parties are dealing with the issue of equal rights for the LGBT community.
Sources reported late July that: According to Democrats who were briefed on the vote in Minneapolis, there was no objection when the issue came up. Though the language that was voted on could still be revised, party officials do not anticipate any major obstacles going forward.
BuzzFeed has obtained a draft of the language to be included in the platform:
We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.
We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.