8/1/2012 3:05 PM
It’s almost official: a pro-gay marriage stance will be part of the Democrat’s election platform. The group of Democrats drafting the party’s platform unanimously concluded that marriage equality should be included. While the decision is not final, this could become the first time in history that gay marriage has been included in a major party’s platform.
Change is being seen among people of all political stripes. According to a Gallup poll, over half of all American support same sex marriage, and even more are down with civil unions. Chick-fil-a was roundly criticized when its president stated in an interview that he thought that those who support marriage equality think they know what is right better than God does. And, a memo circulated earlier this year in powerful Republican circles that suggested it was time for the GOP to come out in favor of gay marriage for personal determination and personal responsibility reasons.
“I believe that one day very soon the platforms of both major parties will include similar language on this issue,” said Human Rights Campaign spokesman Chad Griffin in a statement on the group’s website. “There is no more American value than honoring and protecting one’s family.”