The Washington Blade scoops that Democrats have taken a first step towards approving language for a pro-marriage equality plank in the Democratic party platform at the convention this summer. The Blade reports that the language will also condemn the Defense of Marriage Act and will also say positive things about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation by federal contractors.
A Democratic source confirms to me that the information in the Blade story is accurate. This is the first step in the platform process; the platform drafting committee met over the weekend and approved the preliminary language, which will soon go to the convention delegates in Charlotte for final approval.
It’s unlikely that the committee would have taken this first step unless it was all but certain that the final platform would contain language along these lines.
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