Same sex marriage finds support in Democratic platform

Democratic Party starts its convention with a platform in support of marriage equality

Same sex marriage finds support in Democratic platform
04 September 2012

This week Democrats meet in Charlotte, N.C. to nominate President Barack Obama as their candidate for the November election. Like Republicans last week, Democrats will accept their party platform. Unlike the GOP, Obama’s party is firmly standing behind gay marriage.

Called ‘Moving America Forward,’  the Democrats’ platform offers unequivocal support for civil marriage rights.

‘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.’

The document also calls for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Passed in 1996, and signed into law by then President Bill Clinton, DOMA prevents the US government from recognizing same-sex marriages, even in states where gay marriage is legal. Gay couples cannot file joint federal tax returns or receive survivor benefits.

The party is critical of ‘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.’

In early May, North Carolina voted to ban civil unions and gay marriages.

The platform was released yesterday, 3 September, and will be approved by delegates at approximately 6 PM, EST.

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