California Democrats push for gay marriage plank in party platform

Congressman Adam Schiff is one of 28 Californians on Capitol Hill that want marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform.
Congressman Adam Schiff is one of 28 Californians on Capitol Hill that want marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform. John Moore/Getty Images

Support for same-sex marriage has never been included in the Democratic Party platform. More than two dozen California Democrats want to change that.

Congressman Adam Schiff of Burbank is a member of the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee. He’s one of 28 Californians on Capitol Hill that want marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform.

Schiff calls it a “core value” for Democrats, following President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage and the military’s abandonment of its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

"Each of these events," he said, "the President's announcement, the fact that in the Department of Defense there hasn't been any problem in the implementation of their new policy, all of these things help accelerate the trend towards equality."

Schiff admits a “freedom to marry” plank could be difficult for Democrats in tough House races, but says they have to ask whether they want to be on what he calls the “right side of history.”

The party votes on its platform in early September at its national convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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