According to an AP source, the Democratic Party will include support for gay marriage in their official party platform. The announcement will be made at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. The deal comes almost three months after President Obama's statement in favor of same-sex marriage. Shortly after Obama's announcement, Senator Harry Reid predicted Democrats would change their platform on the matter.
Of course, the Republican Party maintains their position against gay marriage, even in states that have voted to make them legal.
The Washington Blade, who first broke the story, reports that the vote was unanimous:
Retiring gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who sits on the committee, told the Washington Blade on Monday that the 15-member panel unanimously backed the inclusion of a marriage equality plank after a national hearing over the weekend in Minneapolis, in which several witnesses testified in favor of such language.
"I was part of a unanimous decision to include it," Frank said. "There was a unanimous decision in the drafting committee to include it in the platform, which I supported, but everybody was for it."
Gay rights groups are happy, obviously:
"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."
And the usual suspects are sending out the Bigot Signal with hopes of rallying their morally backwards brethren:
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.
No official word from Chick-fil-A yet, but I'm sure it's forthcoming.
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