By Jonathan D. Salant, BusinessWeek
Democrats unanimously voted today to endorse same-sex marriage in their partyâ€™s platform, the first time a major political party has supported the issue in its statement of policies.
Todayâ€™s action at the platform committee meeting in Detroit sends the document for ratification by delegates to next monthâ€™s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, said in May that he supports same-sex marriage. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney doesnâ€™t.
A drafting committee included the same-sex marriage provision in the platform last month. Platform committee members raised no objections.
â€œThe 14th Amendment is very clear — equal protection under the law,â€ said the platform committee co-chairman, Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey. â€œWe as a party have really embraced the presidentâ€™s ideas.â€
While calling the action â€œvery significant,â€ Booker told reporters after the committee meeting that the top issue in the presidential campaign would be the economy, not same-sex marriage.
â€œIt may repel some, it may attract others,â€ he said. â€œThis campaign is not going to turn on gay marriage.â€
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