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Democratic Party's draft platform backs gay marriage, according to AP source

BY KEN THOMAS, ASSOCIATED PRESS

imageWASHINGTON -- A draft of the Democratic Party's official party platform includes support for gay marriage for the first time, months after President Barack Obama said he was in favor of same-sex unions.

The party platform draft includes support for "marriage equality" and efforts to bring "equal treatment under law for same-sex couples," according to a person who has seen the draft language. The person spoke on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of a platform committee meeting in Detroit on Saturday.

Including the language in the party platform would represent a milestone for advocates of gay marriage and the culmination of a push by several prominent Democrats to support same-sex marriage in the platform. The effort picked up momentum in May when Obama said he personally supported same-sex unions.

The party's platform drafting committee voted to include language backing gay marriage last month in Minneapolis. The language will be considered by the platform committee this weekend but could be amended before the party's convention in Charlotte, N.C., in early September.

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