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