Democratic Party Platform Group Backs Gay Marriage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- The national Democratic Party's platform committee has endorsed gay marriage for the first time.

The platform is a broad statement of the party's priorities on the economy, social issues and national defense and next goes to the national convention in North Carolina in September.

Scott Dibble, a committee member from Minnesota, said support for gay marriage can attract new voters. Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, co-chairman of the platform committee, said it will "maybe repel some and attract others to be more engaged."

The platform also calls for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law signed by Democratic President Bill Clinton which recognizes marriage as between a man and woman.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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