The following comes from a July 19 story in the Los Angeles Times.
California Democrats are set to officially join the call for their party to include marriage equality on its convention platform, with a majority of the state’s Democratic congressional delegation already on board with the plan.
Thirty of the 34 delegates back the initiative, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and the state’s two U.S. senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Their support will be expressed by a letter sent to the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee, asking for the party to support same-sex marriage in the platform.
In doing so, the California congressional delegation joins with a number of Democratic groups, ranging from state parties in Wisconsin, Texas and Pennsylvania, a group of former Democratic National Committee chairs and a plethora of national and local advocacy organizations. The move has taken on added impetus since President Obama’s announcement in May that he personally backs same-sex marriage rights….
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), a prominent supporter of gay rights, said in an interview that history is moving toward marriage equality, and that the Democratic Party should be on the right side of that shift.
Schiff, after a conversation with DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, said that she too supports the movement to include marriage equality, and is “increasingly confident” it will move forward.
To make the change, the 15 voting members of the Platform Drafting Committee will have to agree with the delegation’s position. The committee includes Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who was the first member of Congress to publicly announce he was gay, and, on July 7, became the first member of Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage. Frank has yet to declare a position on adding marriage equality to the party’s platform.
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