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Should democrats make same-sex marriage an official campaign issue?

by Patt Morrison

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U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a reception in honor of national Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the East Room of the White House June 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. In the midst of a re-election campaign against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Obama’s recent declaration of support for same-sex marriage was celebrated as a key endorsement among gay rights groups. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Two months after President Barack Obama reversed his position and personally endorsed same-sex marriage, Democrats appear closer than ever to including it in the party’s official platform. Party officials approved the first step at a meeting over the weekend in Minneapolis, and the entire platform committee will vote on the issue in two weeks. If approved, the vote moves to the convention delegates in Charlotte, N.C. for final approval. The proposed platform language includes a condemnation of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.


What do you think of this potential move? Could it alienate some in the party but attract other undecided voters? Considering Obama's competition with Republican contender Mitt Romney, do you think this would this help or hinder the Democrats’ campaign?


Eric Bauman, vice chair of the California Democratic Party and chair of the Los Angeles county Democratic Party

R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of republicans working to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Jonathan Wilcox, Republican political strategist and an adjunct professor at USC

Darry Sragow, attorney and longtime Democratic political strategist

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