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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has thrown her support to adding a call for marriage equality to the official platform of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), according to a Washington, D.C. LGBT publication.
Pelosi, whose constituency includes San Francisco, reportedly broke the news exclusively to Metro Weekly shortly after the group Freedom to Marry launched a campaign calling on Democrats to adopt marriage equality as one of their “official” issues.
The group has proposed a very specific statement to add to the DNC’s platform, which reads: “We support the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples.”
It’s not clear whether the party will actually adopt marriage equality on its official platform, as President Barack Obama continues to say he is opposed to fully legalizing same sex marriage, but supports giving equal rights to gays and lesbian couples. However, Obama also picked Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to lead the DNC in 2011, and she’s a strong proponent of marriage equality.
The current DNC platform supports “equal responsibilities, benefits and protections” for same sex couples, but it does not specifically address marriage. The party’s national convention will be held in Sept.