Making it official:
The national Democratic Party’s platform committee endorsed gay marriage Saturday for the first time and called for the repeal of a federal law that recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman.
The committee, meeting in downtown Detroit, let stand the work of a separate group that drafted the platform two weeks ago in Minneapolis. 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 and a state senator from Minnesota, said support for gay marriage can attract new voters.
“Young people are looking for a political home right now. This has become a defining moral question of our time,” said Dibble, who is gay.
The platform says Democrats support “marriage equality” and the “movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples.” -- AP