The Democratic Party made history today by adopting for the first time a party platform which says the following:
"We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference."
"We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act."
So, there you have it. Today, the Democratic Party joined us on the right side of history. And, this is just the beginning. A victory for President Obama in 2012 is a victory for civil rights in America. The Respect for Marriage Act repeals the Defense of Marriage Act and restores the rights of all married couples, including same-sex couples. It guarantees the rights of same-sex couples married in a state where gay marriage is legal, even if those couples move. It is the future of American policy towards same-sex couples in the modern age.
The Democratic Party Platform is a document for the future.