The platform committee of the Democratic Party endorsed marriage equality for same-sex couples today, according to the Associated Press.
Further, The Washington Blade is reporting that the committee's decision was unanimous.
The platform also includes a call to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.
The Blade is reporting the approved wording as follows:
“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.”
Final approval of the platform must come from delegates that will assemble for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in early September.
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