The Washington Blade reports that on Sunday Democrats approved draft language supporting same-sex marriage and other pro-LGBT positions as part of the Democratic Party’s platform. The process is not officially complete – the language will have to be approved in a full platform meeting, and then by the delegates at the Democratic National Committee Meeting. But the decision is basically final, according to reports. Barney Frank, who was part of the 15-member panel that voted on the language, said they unanimously backed the language.
More from the Blade:
A Democratic National Committee staffer, who is familiar with the process and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the language in the platform approved on Sunday not only backs marriage equality, but also rejects DOMA and has positive language with regard to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The exact wording of the language wasn’t immediately available.
This is a big step for supporters of same-sex marriage, and could potentially prove important for ENDA as well. While Democrats have been the majority of the politicians supporting same-sex marriage, the party has not taken an official stance. This has certainly hurt movement on the national level, where President Clinton signed DOMA and President Obama spent his first term “evolving” on gay marriage. At the very least, this could mean movement on repealing the super discriminatory DOMA, which is unfortunately a necessary step.